Verizon Analysis: Top 10 Causes Behind Data Breaches


6. Spyware

Spyware was used in 30 percent of all breaches analyzed by Verizon. It was used by both financially motivated cybercriminals and nation-state sponsored targeted attackers. Organized cybercriminals use spyware to steal credit card data swiped at point-of-sale terminals and account credentials typed into online back accounts, Verizon said. Meanwhile, targeted attackers use spyware to take screenshots on a victim's system or record keystrokes to get valid account credentials.