The U.S. government’s cyberattacks are taking a toll on America’s digital footprint, but the United States is not the only nation to be hit.
A new report from security firm ThreatConnects reveals that China has been the biggest loser in the past year, dropping 17 percent of its cyber threats.
And Russia’s biggest challenger, North Korea, has also suffered a loss of cybersecurity, dropping 21 percent.
The report, entitled “Biggest Winners and Losers of Cyberattacks on the Internet,” is based on data collected by ThreatConnect and its partners from January to March of this year.
It is available online at ThreatConnect.com.
The report also includes a look at how the government, corporations, governments and private organizations have fared, as well as the most common attack vector used by cybercriminals to gain access to a system.
For example, ThreatConnect’s analysts found that, of the nation’s 50 largest companies, nine have seen declines in their cyber threat level.
For the second year in a row, those companies have dropped from number three to number one.
The biggest drop for companies in the top 10 was the United Technologies Corporation, which dropped from three to two.
For smaller companies, the top five companies are Bank of America, Verizon, Sprint, and Microsoft.
ThreatConnect also found that in 2017, the five most common threats to a U.K. company were phishing and malware.
This year, the two most common phishing vectors were spear phishing attacks and ransomware.
Threat Connect found that malware attacks increased by 24 percent in 2017 and 24 percent the year before.
In 2017, malware accounted for nearly one-fifth of all cyber threats in the United Kingdom, the report found.
The U.N. Security Council is set to discuss cybersecurity issues in a special meeting on Thursday, the same day the United Nations Security Council votes to approve a draft resolution that calls for stronger cybersecurity measures.