Web security service MessageLabs said it has intercepted more than 500 individual e-mail attacks targeted toward individuals in senior management positions within organisations around the world.
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The company’s latest hacking research found attacks were so precisely addressed that the name and job title of the victim was included within the subject line of the e-mail.
Chief investment officers accounted for 30% of the attacks, 11% were CEOs, CIOs accounted for almost 7% and 6% were CFOs, according to the data from MessageLabs.
The results show a growing trend towards hackers targeting attacks at businesses and cyber-warfare. Herbert Strauss, a research vice president at Gartner recently warned, “New and evolving state-sponsored cyber-warfare initiatives pose threats and risks to public and private sector enterprises. Government and private sector executives and IT leaders must understand the nature of cyber-warfare to properly assess the risks."
Last month MessageLabs intercepted 595 e-mails in 249 separate targeted attacks aimed at 192 different organisations. Of these, 180 were one-on-one targeted attacks.
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