5 Notorious Insider Attacks Of 2012
From the recent theft of counterterrorism data from Switzerland's intelligence agency to remotely wiretapping boardroom videoconferencing systems, many successful attacks had an inside component.
Insider attacks continued to haunt government agencies and companies alike in 2012. From rogue PIN pads at Barnes & Noble to disgruntled employees walking out with a nation's secrets, organizations suffered a wide variety of attacks.
While studies have found that insiders typically account for a minority of incidents, they tend to cause more damage, especially when privileged users, who have access to a company's crown jewels, go rogue. In addition, negligent insiders cause nearly 40% of all data breaches, and malicious attacks account for a third of incidents, according to a March study.
"The difference with insiders is they can inflict measurable financial, measurable IP, measurable brand and reputation damage -- more so than an outsider can," said Jim Butterworth, chief security officer for HBGary, a subsidiary of ManTech International. "Make sure that your employees, especially those with access to the crown jewels, are held accountable."...