Phishing, Malware, Ransomware Among Top Public-Sector Threats, Reports Find

Ransomware, email-borne malware and phishing remained significant online threats to state, county and local governments last year according to two reports on Internet security and data breach investigation. But the threats don’t end there — the public sector is also at risk from cyberespionage, elicit cryptomining and software supply chain attacks. Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, released April 10, and Symantec’s 2018 Internet Security Threat Report, launched the week of March 19, both identify worrisome trends on the rise, many of which have already impacted the public sector and others believed to carry the same potential. Symantec, a cybersecurity company active in more than 150 countries, scans about 30 percent of the world’s email traffic daily. Verizon, a major telecommunications provider to U.S. state and local governments and public safety, founded this year’s report on reports from 67 contributing agencies in 65 countries. Of the more than 1 billion Web requests analyzed daily in 2017, Symantec noted that 1 in 13 of these requests led end users to malware, a 3 percent rise from 2016. Significantly, the company also identified an 8,500 percent increase overall in the detection of so-called cryptominers; and a 600 percent increase in Internet of…

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