June 11, 2019 | Content Aggregator - Single Slide | Threat Intelligence and Modeling
The United States indicted 49 people in 2018 who were allegedly involved in state sponsored espionage, up significantly from four indictments in 2017. Those indicted include 18 alleged Russian agents, 19 Chinese individuals or organizations, 11 Iranians and one North Korean.
The most likely reason for an organization to experience a targeted attack was intelligence gathering, which is the motive for 96 percent of targeted attack groups. Spear-phishing emails remained the most popular avenue for attacks and were used by 65 percent of all known groups. The use of zero-day vulnerabilities declined in 2018, with only 23 percent of attack groups known to have exploited zero days, down from 27 percent in 2017.