The degree to which one individual can impact cybercrime was only one conclusion of the report.
Unlike some other cyberstudies, which are based on surveys, Verizon's annual cyberattack report analyzes more than 900 actual cases and 900 million stolen records over the past six years. That data set now includes U.S. Secret Service cases added to the report this year. The richness of the data makes the Verizon report particularly closely watched within the industry.
Among the report's other findings:
A Shift in Targets
Financial services was the most-attacked industry, tallying 33 percent of the data breaches in the study. Hospitality -- restaurants and hotels -- came in second with 23 percent.
Meanwhile, the retail industry, which led in cyberdata breaches in 2007 and 2008, fell to 14 percent in 2009.
Rising Use of Malware
Hacking and malware use for data attacks were up sharply in 2009. Malware is software developed to harm or remove data without an owner's consent. Malware was used in 38 percent of cases and accounted for 94 percent of all data lost.
About half of that malware was installed by a remote attacker, 19 percent was automatically installed by malicious websites, 9 percent was unwittingly installed by users clicking on fake software come-ons like "click to clean your system."