(The Hosting News) – Last year saw tech headlines featuring high profile breaches pertaining to hacking groups such as Anonymous and Lulzsec.
The hackers were known to originate from loosely organized segments commonly established in a movement referred to as ‘hacktivism.’ Over the course of the year, targeted and breached entities included websites belonging to the U.S. Senate, PBS, the CIA and other federal agencies worldwide.
Often cited amongst the groups’ reasons were political motivations such as the fight against government corruption. Aside from causing websites considerable downtime, sensitive login credentials of many site users were leaked to the public.
On Thursday, a new report from wireless company Verizon shed new light on the damage ensued by the groups’ targets. According to the company, 58% of stolen data during the course of the year was carried out by hacktivists.
Verizon Director of Risk Intelligence Wade Baker discussed how the report was carried out and its purpose. “With the participation of our law enforcement partners around the globe, the ‘2012 Data Breach Investigations Report’ offers what we believe is the most comprehensive look ever into the state of cybersecurity,” stated Baker.
Baker continued, “Our goal is to increase the awareness of global cybercrime in an effort to improve the security industry’s ability to fight it while helping government agencies and private sector organizations develop their own tailored security plans.”
Among other findings were that 97% of the attacks could have been avoided. A slightly less amount (96%) were easy to accomplish, not requiring that much tech knowledge. Additionally the report discussed the increasing role of malware.
Meanwhile, authorities worldwide have stepped up increasing pressure on the hacktivist movement by carrying out a variety of high profile arrests. Most recently, Anonymous hit back by successfully breaching online security firm PandaLabs. For more information on Verizon’s report, go here (newscenter.verizon.com).