Not long ago, an IT security analyst at a major southeast U.S.-based distributor of electronic components spotted some peculiar network activity. The analyst had been evaluating Netflow network traffic data and identified that someone, or something, was conducting periodic scans of large blocks of IP addresses.
"We were breached," said the analyst, whose spoke to SearchSecurity.com under the condition of anonymity. "We found numerous systems infected in one of our warehouses," he added, "as well as our administrative network."
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence, as word breaks of a new targeted zero-day attack on a near-daily basis. Additionally, an August survey on targeted attacks by Waltham, Mass.-based vendor CounterTack Inc. revealed that more than half of the 100 infosec executives surveyed said their organizations had targeted in the past 12 months.