Cyber attackers are now bolder, smarter and more daring in attack vectors, cyberespionage efforts and cyber underground activity on a global basis, latest Trend Micro report showed.
According to the research report, in 2015, there were 11 zero-days discovered by Trend Micro researchers in addition to the long-running cyberespionage campaign Pawn Storm, which utilized several zero-day exploits to target high-profile organizations, including a U.S. defense organization, the armed forces of a NATO country and several foreign affairs ministries.
The report went on saying that last year, cybercriminal markets began to penetrate the recesses of the Deep Web.
Attacks against connected devices accelerated in 2015, proving their susceptibility. Smart cars and businesses, seen in Trend Micro’s GasPot experiment, were among a few of the new concerns brought by IoT technologies.
“Our observations for 2015 have confirmed that traditional methods of protecting data and assets are no longer sufficient and should be reassessed to maintain the highest level of corporate and personal security,” said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro.
“The prevalence and sophistication of extortion, cyberespionage and expanding targeted attacks now dictate that organizational security strategies must be prepared to defend against a potentially greater onslaught in 2016. This realization can help the security community better anticipate and respond to what attackers are trying to accomplish,” Genes added.
Online extortion and cyberattacks were a top concern in 2015, with several high-profile organizations being victimized.
Trend Micro said, Ashley Madison, Hacking Team, the Office of Personnel Management and Anthem were a few of these high-profile attacks that left millions of employees and customers exposed.