September was an eventful month in terms of cybercrime. Some of the multiple cybercrime targets included:

  • The Home Depot was the victim of one of the largest credit card data breaches to date
  • Jimmy John’s had their third-party point-of-sales vendor compromised, making customers of Jimmy John’s victims of credit card theft
  • Criminals were able to obtain and release intimate photos of several notable celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian
  • The Shellshock Bug was discovered, creating criticism towards The GNU Project for not doing enough to update the Bash command shell the company manages
  • JPMorgan Chase was rocked after hackers accessed over 76 million households’ and 7 million businesses’ data.

Looking at the whole cyber-risk landscape, many sectors saw ups and downs depending on the specific effect of these attacks. The heatmap graph below from HackSurfers’ Cybercrime and the C-Suite report illustrates the level of cybercrime effects facing an industry in the month of September as well as if there was a significant change from the sector’s average.

Key Takeaways from the chart:

  • DataStolen/Leaked saw a large jump in the Industrials and Financials sectors
  • Damaged Reputation saw a decrease in multiple sectors, and Device Hijackings decreased for Healthcare
  • Continuously large numbers of breaches in Consumer Goods mean that levels of Stolen Data and Stolen Financial Information are both fairly high and stable

Top Industry practices also saw a few changes in the month of September

cybercrime heatmap

Key Takeaways from the chart:

  • Several practices increased in September, with Network Intrusion seeing a significant increase across all industries
  • Espionage in the Healthcare sector decreased after a rise last month due to Data Theft from Community Health Systems being connected to Chinese actors
  • Consumer Goods and Government were the most predictable sectors, with all attack practices except for Network Intrusion remaining steady.

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