In the first quarter of 2020, 22.5% more cyber attacks were detected compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. Most of the acts were directed at government agencies, the financial industry, industrial enterprises, and medical organizations. This follows from the Positive Technologies report.
As noted in the study, during the first quarter of 2020, most attacks were directed at government agencies, industrial enterprises, the financial industry, and medical organizations (the number increased from 66% to 81%). Such a surge of activity could raise, according to experts, the coronavirus pandemic. Also, about 13% of all phishing mailings were related to COVID-19: about half of them (44%) were from individuals, and every fifth mailing was sent to government organizations.
The industry has also suffered: every tenth attack of ransomware Trojans, including the new Snake ransomware, which can remove shadow copies and stop processes associated with the operation of industrial control systems, was directed at it.
Hackers create their own sites and publish files stolen from the victims on them if they do not receive a ransom for them. This type of extortion is gaining momentum: attackers are looking for new levers of pressure on compromised organizations.
“According to our forecasts, the number of attacks on remote workplaces of employees will increase in the world. In connection with the massive transition to remote work in the near future, companies may face an increase in attempts to crack corporate accounts and exploitation of vulnerabilities in remote access systems. Threats are extremely relevant for companies that do not have a strict password policy and regular software updates, ”the report said.