Infrastructure companies remain at risk of malware

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ScanSafe has revealed the top five industries at risk of Web-delivered malware in its latest report.

ScanSafe has revealed the top five industries at risk of web-delivered malware in its latest report.


In ‘The Vertical Risk' it has identified the top five industries as energy and oil (156 per cent heightened risk compared to other verticals) followed by pharmaceutical and chemical industry (152 per cent), engineering and construction (116 per cent), transportation and shipping (96 per cent) and finally travel and leisure (44 per cent).


In addition to a higher risk of web-malware exposure overall, energy and oil companies also encountered significantly more unique variants of password stealers and backdoors compared to other verticals.


The majority of encounters across all verticals were with malicious iframes and source references implanted on compromised websites. The most common exploits resulting from these encounters were exploits of vulnerabilities within Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader.


Mary Landesman, senior security researcher at ScanSafe, said: “We entered into this analysis with the broad assumption that web malware exposure was likely related to user surfing habits. With that in mind, we fully expected to see research-intensive verticals such as media and publishing or education move to the forefront of exposure risk.


“We were concerned to find that the industries consistently encountering the highest rate of web-delivered malware are not typical industries, but rather industries that can have critical bearing on infrastructure and intellectual property rights.




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