Verizon 2009 Data Breach Investigations Supplemental Report

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Verizon 2009 Data Breach Investigations Supplemental Report

A study conducted by the Verizon Business RISK team.

Verizon Business’s "An Anatomy of a Data Breach" report lists the top 15 most common cyber attack vectors in 2009. Topping the list are keylogging and spyware; backdoor or command and control malware; and SQL injection. Further down on the list are RAM scrapers, attacks that are designed to seek plaintext data from the random access memory of point-of-sale terminals. They have emerged in the wake of the growing use on encryption in the payment card industry. RAM scrapers are often narrowly targeted attacks because they are often "customized to work with specific vendors’ POS systems."

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