Financial Sector Sees Cyber Incident Increase in February

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Anthem was the most discussed target as it reported the unauthorized access of 78.8 million records in its database, with between 8.8 million and 18.8 million of those records representing non-customers. Blue Cross Blue Shield customers were also affected. The top effects, or the results of cyber criminals' activity in February, included credentials stolen/leaked, and infected/exploited assets, both of which saw significant jumps from the previous month. Other notable incidents also occurred, including a few Bitcoin exchanges that went offline, ATM hacking and a fax spam campaign using Dyer malware targeting Bank of America, Citibank and Wells Fargo customers. The Anthem breach effects will continue to ripple as cyber criminals use the data to start phishing scams and reports of fraudulent tax returns, child ID theft and more.

In February 2015, Financials was the lone industry sector with cyber crime incidents above six-month averages. This is largely attributed to the massive breach at health insurer Anthem. SurfWatch Labs collects and analyzes cyber-incident data and through that process, Anthem accounted for an astonishing 42 percent of all the negative CyberFacts collected in February. This caused the Financials sector share of overall cybercrime discussion to jump by more than 33 points – from its 12 percent six-month average to 46 percent. Additionally, Financials had 46 distinct cybercrime targets discussed in February, a significant rise from January's 28.

What happened in Consumer Goods, Information Technology and Health Care in February? Each saw slight improvement over January activity, although all industries unfortunately experienced notable incidents that call for due diligence. In this slideshow, Adam Meyer, chief security strategist, SurfWatch Labs, highlights the findings from each sector.


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