Watering hole attacks join spear phishing on malware threat list

Watering Hole AttacksAlong with spear phishing, a new kind of malware attack is outpacing the big credit card breaches seen last year, this time eliminating the need to con humans.

Watering hole attacks, observed in industrial and other espionage cases, don’t need to socially engineer computer users and are on the rise according to the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.

“It was probably the biggest tactical change we observed among espionage incidents last year,” said Wade Baker of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

Also called a “strategic website compromise”, a watering hole attack is a relatively recent development in targeted threats.

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