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According to Accenture Security iDefense's 2018 threat report, "Threat actors who gain unauthorized access to confidential information may choose to extort organizations beholden to GDPR regulations rather than publicly dump or leak the breached data." Because GDPR enforcement fines can be up to C'20 million or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is higher (an uninsurable loss under most countries' laws), an organization facing cybercriminals' threat of data access and distribution may be tempted to pav a ransom if the request is cheaper than the cost of non-compliance.
Accenture said iDefense's capabilities will also become an integral component of Accenture's adversary simulation, threat hunting and incident response services.
iDefense observed that public sector organizations are prime targets for hacktivist attacks because they are large, recognizable targets that represent policies and ideologies opposed by the hacktivists.
Analysts at Verisign's iDefense security group told Robert McMillan of IDGNews today that hackers had launched targeted attacks using a malicious document attached to e-mail messages.
Yet another attempt to estimate the number of attacks comes from iDefense. They report monitoring approximately 27,000 attacks in 2004, half of which were designed to covertly steal information or take over computers.
iDefense, another security company, claimed Mebroot was discovered in October 2007 and used in a series of attacks in early December, with over 5,000 machines found to be infected between 12 December and 7 January.
Adding to the problem, according to Major Threats and Trends Impacting the 2007 Cyber Security Landscape, a report from iDefense, a VeriSign company, the number of online criminals is increasing faster than law enforcement can check such growth.
Ken Dunham, director of malicious code intelligence with iDefense, said: "We have proof that organised groups are now launching attacks." The patch is available here:
The malicious software, discovered by security group iDefense, has reportedly been on MySpace for around a week and many people with unprotected machines have already fallen victim to it.
At least two of the vulnerabilities were already being exploited in attacks prior to the patches being released, security company iDefense has said.
The banner advert was discovered by iDefense, a computer security company in the US, which said that code hidden in the adverts uses a weakness in the way Windows deals with images, to exploit the WMF bug.
In the consumer sector, iDefense, the cyber-security intelligence subsidiary of VeriSign, said hackers in 2005 unleashed a record-setting 6,191 keyloggers (silently installed programs that record a victim's keystrokes and sends them to hackers).