Web application attacks rise to account for almost half of all data breaches

The Daily Swig

John Leyden

Attacks against web applications have increased in prevalence to become the single biggest cause of data breaches, according to findings from two separate reports out today (May 19).

The Verizon 2020 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR) reports that 43% of breaches could be traced back to attacks against web applications – more than double the results from last year.

The vast majority (86%) of data breaches were motivated by the prospect of illicit financial gain, up significantly from 71 % in 2019.

Two-thirds (67%) of breaches were caused by credential theft, human error, or social engineering attacks.

More than a quarter 27% of malware incidents covered by the study were attributed to...

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