Q once told James Bond that he "can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field." The fictitious Q may have been right. Hackers are discrete, unrelenting and potent—capable of disrupting nuclear power plants and controlling a moving car. They have been very active during the summer of 2016—exposing U.S. Olympians’ alleged doping records and hacking the Democratic National Committee—and they aren’t discriminating among targets.
However, according to the latest report by Hackmageddon analyzing cyberattacks in August 2016, there is a pattern. Cybercrime remained as the top motivation for launching cyberattacks at 72.4 percent—same as July 2016—followed by hacktivism at 13.8 percent, cybersecurity espionage at 9.5 percent and cyberwarfare at 4.3 percent. The most common attack vector was account hijacking at 18.1 percent, followed by targeted attacks and denial of service attacks.
August 2016 was highlighted by the Rio Olympic Games. As expected, hackers targeted Olympics-related entities, according to Hackmageddon, provider of information security timelines and statistics. According to the August statistics, hacktivist attacks against the Olympic Games pushed sports organizations as the most targeted type of organization.
Now that the summer is over and the holiday season—or the pumpkin-spice-on-everything-season—is approaching, the number of cyberattacks will undoubtedly increase.
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