Health sector and social media top cyber targets


The healthcare sector and social media users are popular targets for cyber attackers, a report has revealed

Healthcare surpassed the public sector in cyber security incident reports in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest threat report by security firm McAfee.

This is the first time in six quarters that the US public sector has not topped the list of sectors with the most security incidents.

While overall healthcare data breaches are most likely the result of accidental disclosures and human error, the report said cyber attacks on the sector continue to increase.

The trend began the first quarter of 2016 when numerous hospitals around the world were hit by ransomware attacks.

“Whether physical or digital, data breaches in healthcare highlight the value of the sensitive personal information organisations in the sector possess,” said Vincent Weafer, vice-president for McAfee Labs.

“They also reinforce the need for stronger corporate security policies that work to ensure the safe handling of that information.”

Also in the second quarter of 2017, the Faceliker Trojan helped drive the quarter’s 67% increase in new malware samples targeting social media sites.

The second quarter of 2017 saw Facebook emerge as a notable attack vector, the report said, with Faceliker accounting for as much as 8.9% of the quarter’s 52 million newly detected malware samples.

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