Cyber crime is an increasingly serious business and a new report released by Trustwave looks at the top trends from the past year based on real-world data from data breach investigations.

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Contrary to popular belief, cybercriminals are not all solo-operating, pizza-eating basement dwellers. Cybercrime is a global business with sky-high margins, and many of the most popular tools used by cybercriminals are developed by professional (though shady) software and services companies competing for market share.

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Karl Sigler is threat intelligence manager at Chicago-based cybersecurity company Trustwave. Sigler said the team tests the USB attack frequently — they drop USBs in the parking lot, the bathroom, the lobby — and it’s almost guaranteed that someone will plug them in.

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The sheer quantity of digital information available today makes storing, organizing and analyzing data extremely difficult. The issue is compounded by the fact that databases and big data stores are a prime target for hackers due to the amount of sensitive information residing within.

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If you missed the March 17-issued patch for shopping cart application Zen Cart, get busy, because among other things it fixed serious cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. Trustwave, which turned up the bug last September, made it public last Friday.

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