There is a new trend in cyberattacks, and recent breaches that stole tens of millions of records on Americans are just the beginning as state hackers shift their targets.
Only recently, hackers tied to the Chinese military were targeting intellectual property and other data that could be used for monetary gain. Now, they’re going after information with little value outside the spy world.
“We’re seeing a paradigm shift in the type of data [they’re targeting],” said Eric Devansky, director of global security services for TruShield Security, a risk assessment and security firm.
Among the recent breaches was the attack on the Office of Personnel Management, where hackers stole background checks on potentially 21.5 million U.S. federal employees. Before that, hackers stole an estimated 80 million records on Americans from health care company Anthem Inc.