Destructive Cyberattacks Spiked in Q3

New data gathered from more than three dozen providers of incident response services reveals a disturbing increase in the past quarter of destructive cyberattacks targeting US organizations. It is not clear whether the attacks—many of them from countries like China, Russia, and North Korea—are a response to the current geopolitical climate, or demonstrate punitive attempts by attackers to hide their tracks after being discovered.

Either way, the implications of the trend are serious for enterprises, says Tom Kellermann, chief security officer at Carbon Black, the security vendor behind the report. Between the second and third quarters of this year, there was a three-fold increase in destructive attacks where adversaries deleted or encrypted data, destroyed logs and backups, and caused system outages in ways designed to paralyze victims.

Read more about the findings of the Carbon Black report on DarkReading.