This year the report cataloged nearly 80,000 security incidents, including 2,122 confirmed security breaches in 61 countries.
Practically every breach — 96 percent — was the result of one of nine types of attacks that hackers tend to use. The finding confirms a trend that Verizon’s researchers first noticed last year after looking back on 10 years’ worth of attack data.
In cases where an organization’s systems were attacked and confidential data was disclosed, the most popular method used was attacks on Web applications, accounting for 458 breaches, Verizon says.
So 21% of breaches are a result of just that one type of attack. The next highest is 19% on Point of Sale systems.