Hackers have received a lot of attention lately for their attacks on media companies, banks and other businesses. But that's not even their primary target, according to a report released this week.
Energy companies dealt with more targeted malware attacks over a six-month period last year than businesses in any other industry, according to a report by Houston-based network security firm Alert Logic. The report focuses on activity monitored among Alert Logic's customers from April 1 to Sept. 30, 2012. The company had 1,801 customers at the time of the study.
The State of the Cloud Security Report, first reported on by the Houston Chronicle, said 61 percent of the 54 energy companies that Alert Logic serves experienced targeted malware attacks and 67 percent received brute force attacks. Brute force attacks is a relatively unsophisticated and common method used by hackers who try a series of passwords to break into a system.
The industry's high profile makes it a frequent target of hacktivists, the report said.
Other highlights of the report:
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