Most common action varieties in data breaches worldwide in 2017

Leading global data breach methods 2017 This statistic presents the most prevalent action varieties in global data breaches in 2017. During the measured period, there were 399 instances of the use of stolen credentials. RAM scrapers were deployed 312 times.
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Number of occurrences
Use of stolen credentials (hacking) 399
RAM scraper (malware) 312
Phishing (social) 236
Privilege abuse (misuse) 201
Misdelivery (error) 187
Use of backdoor or C2 (hacking) 148
Theft (physical) 123
C2 (malware) 117
Backdoor (malware) 115
Pretexting (social) 114
Skimmer (physical) 109
Brute force (hacking) 92
Spyware/keylogger (malware) 74
Misconfiguration (error) 66
Publishing error (error) 59
Data mishandling (misuse) 55
Capture app data (malware) 54
Export data (malware) 51
SQLi (hacking) 45
Password dumper (malware )45
Number of occurrences
Use of stolen credentials (hacking) 399
RAM scraper (malware) 312
Phishing (social) 236
Privilege abuse (misuse) 201
Misdelivery (error) 187
Use of backdoor or C2 (hacking) 148
Theft (physical) 123
C2 (malware) 117
Backdoor (malware) 115
Pretexting (social) 114
Skimmer (physical) 109
Brute force (hacking) 92
Spyware/keylogger (malware) 74
Misconfiguration (error) 66
Publishing error (error) 59
Data mishandling (misuse) 55
Capture app data (malware) 54
Export data (malware) 51
SQLi (hacking) 45
Password dumper (malware )45
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This statistic presents the most prevalent action varieties in global data breaches in 2017. During the measured period, there were 399 instances of the use of stolen credentials. RAM scrapers were deployed 312 times.
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Release date
April 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2017
Number of respondents
1,799 respondents
Special properties
confirmed data breaches
Supplementary notes
The source defines a data breach as a cyber security incident with confirmed data loss.

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