Check Point on Thursday released its ‘Cyber Attack Trends: 2021 Mid-Year Report’, where it tracks cyberattacks on organizations across sectors, including government, healthcare and critical infrastructure. focus on growth.
In the US, cyberattacks increased by 17 percent to an average of 443 weekly attacks. However, the change in the EMEA area was even greater as the weekly average of attacks per organization was 777, an increase of 36 percent. Europe in particular grew by 27 percent, while Latin America grew by 19 percent. On the other hand, organizations in the APAC saw 1,338 weekly attacks, a 13 percent increase from the beginning of this year.
The Check Point report also said that particularly in India, an organization is being attacked an average of 1,738 times per week in the last six months, compared to 757 attacks per organization globally. Education and research, government and military, insurance and legal, manufacturing and healthcare were the most affected industries targeted by the attackers in the past six months.
Ransomware attacks have also increased. Check Point said that in addition to stealing sensitive data from organizations and threatening to release it publicly unless payment is made, the attackers are now targeting the organizations’ customers as well as their business partners, and demanding ransoms from them. are also demanding.
Supply chain attacks including SolarWinds increased this year with ransomware attacks. Codecov and Kaseya were also among the most recent sophisticated supply chain attacks.
Check Point also emphasized that following the takedown of the Emotet botnet in January, attackers are exploring other malware alternatives, such as Trickbot, Dridex, Qbot and IcedID.
Maya Horowitz, VP Research at Check Point, said, “In the first half of 2021, cybercriminals continue to optimize their methodology to target network links to organizations’ supply chains and partners to take advantage of the shift to hybrid working. kept.”
Check Point also predicted that the ongoing escalation of ransomware attacks would continue to grow larger. This could happen despite governments in the US including the Joe Biden administration prioritizing efforts to stop ransomware targeting. Hackers are expected to evolve and new groups may be formed to promote ransomware attacks.
The complete safety report with additional information is available for download through the Check Point site. You need to create an account with the firm to download the report.