Malware, hacking, and other techniques are commonly used by cyber criminals in order to steal data from targeted companies.

Phishing, or trying to obtain usernames, passwords, or other sensitive information by impersonating a trustworthy entity, is part of 95 percent of all state-affiliated espionage attacks, according to Verizon’s 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report. The organization reviewed 47,000 reported security incidents from the year 2012.

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It is enough of a shocker that the Taliban even has a PR department. During a routine distribution of a press release, the Islamic fundamentalist group accidentally gave away the contact information of its 400-person mailing list, according to an ABC report Friday.

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