Ransomware, alternative crypto-currencies and increased deception tactics among key cyber threats: Accenture Security

Destructive ransomware, alternative crypto-currencies and increased use of deception tactics are among the threats driving the lucrative cybercriminal marketplace, the security branch of professional services company Accenture said in a recent report.

“The first six months of 2017 have seen an evolution of ransomware producing more viral variants unleashed by potential state-sponsored actors and cybercriminals,” said Josh Ray, managing director at Accenture Security, in a press release last week. “Our findings confirm that a new bar has been set for cybersecurity teams across all industries to defend their assets in the coming months.”

On July 25, iDefense, part of Accenture Security, released its 2017 Cyber Threatscape Report, which examined the key cyber trends during the first half of 2017 and explored how cyber incidents may evolve over the next six months. “Based on in-depth analysis, the report anticipates

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