A survey conducted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and security firm Trend Micro revealed that critical infrastructure organisations are commonly targeted by cyber-attacks that are aimed at manipulating equipment or destroying rather than stealing data. This type of attack is often under the radar as it does not typically involve the personal data of customers and is therefore not reported under data breach disclosure laws in the US and elsewhere. But the survey report revealed that 44% of more than 500 critical infrastructure suppliers in North and South America report attempts to delete files. By contrast, only 60% of organisations polled stated they had detected attempts to steal data. The data gathered also revealed that 53% of the respondents noticed an increase of attacks to their computer systems in 2014, and 76% stated that cyber-attacks against infrastructure are getting more sophisticated.
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