Criminals who launched phishing campaigns during the final quarter of 2018 employed social engineering tactics in nearly one in three targeted attacks, according to Positive Technologies.
A new report entitled Cybersecurity Threatscape Q4 2018 found that in 48% of cyber-attacks the hacker’s goal was to steal data. Specifically, attackers were targeting usernames and passwords in 28% of attacks. In addition, the report found that malware was used in half of those data theft attacks. Once malicious actors obtained the stolen credentials, attackers used them for different services and systems, including corporate email.