McAfee finds sophisticated attacks targeting other 'critical sectors' of the economy

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Financial services has been a favorite target for sophisticated attacks in the last few years, but cyber criminals are moving on to other "critical sectors of the economy," according to McAfee.

In the security giant's fourth quarter threats report, researchers highlighted some of the new schemes being used in this regard and other high-profile attacks, including advanced persistent threats (APTs) such as Operation High Roller and Project Blitzkrieg.

Both of these methods attack financial services infrastructures, with the former aimed at manufacturing and import/export firms in the United States and Latin America, while Blitzkrieg hits both consumers and their banks through illicit electronic fund transfers. Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs, explained in the report why many of these cyber criminals are becoming more interested in government, manufacturing and commercial transaction infrastructure targets.