67 Percent of Energy Companies Were Hit by Brute Force Attacks in Six-Month Period

Alert Logic recently published a report entitled State of Cloud Security Bulletin: Information Security in the Energy Sector, which examines the types of cyber attacks that targeted the company’s customers in the energy sector between April 1 and September 30, 2012 (h/t Softpedia).

According to the report, 67 percent of energy companies experienced brute force attacks, compared to 34 percent of Alert Logic’s entire customer set. Similarly, 61 percent of energy companies experienced malware/botnet infiltration attacks, versus 13 percent of Alert Logic’s entire customer set.

“Unlike an attack on an e-Commerce site or SaaS application provider, a malware infiltration attack on an energy company could grow to catastrophic proportions if hackers were able to block or flood the oil and gas pipeline infrastructure,” Alert Logic director of security research Stephen Coty said in a statement.

“This industry doesn’t see the typical web application attacks,” Coty added. “It experiences a greater magnitude of security threats that could have global repercussions for years to come.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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