2013 annual review regarding major vulnerabilities and attacks

Date :March 24, 2014

Publication: Annual reports

The goal of this review is to sum up the major events of the 2013 year, in order to highlight the trends regarding attacks and threats, and to help readers to better protect their assets.

For 2013, Cert-IST identified the 3 following topics as the most significant for companies:

  • The Snowden Affair changes the perception for « cyber-espionage » risk,
  • Hardware attacks are becoming a real threat,
  • Offensive security is increasingly present.

The review also presents the main vulnerabilities and attacks seen in 2013 (in chapter 3), and analyze how to protect companies (in chapter 4) against the 3 most significant types of attacks that target companies:

  • Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), mainly conducted by cyber-spies,
  • Opportunistic attacks, led by hacktivists,
  • Attacks aiming at the industrial systems (SCADA).


This document is available in French and English on the Cert-IST public website:

    Report in English

    Report in French