Supply Chain Attacks Spiked 78 Percent in 2018, Cyber Researchers Found

NextGov: Hackers are shifting their tactics away from traditional phishing and ransomware attacks, and moving toward stealthier intrusions via websites and the software supply chain, according to a recent report.

In its annual report on internet security threats, the cybersecurity firm Symantec said online bad actors are increasingly exploiting vulnerabilities in commercial software and operating systems to launch cyberattacks. Supply chain attacks, which use loopholes in third-party services to strike a target, increased 78 percent between 2017 and 2018, and web attacks, which rely on malicious URLs and other online weapons, also spiked 56 percent.

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