The number of cyberattacks in the world in the first quarter grew by almost 20%

The number of cyberattacks in the world in the first quarter of this year increased by 17% compared to the same period last year, according to a study by Positive Technologies. Ransomware has become the most widely used cyber attack tool.

“The number of attacks increased by 17% compared to the first quarter of 2020, and compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, the increase was 1.2%. 77% of attacks were targeted. Incidents with individuals accounted for 12% of all incidents, “- the results of the research” RIA Novosti “.

Most often, the attacks targeted government agencies, industry and organizations in the field of science and education. The most used attack tool is ransomware. Their share of other malicious software used for attacks is 63%. According to Positive Technologies, cybercriminals in the first quarter continued to increase the ransom for stolen data and began to use new extortion tactics, for example, if the company refuses to pay the ransom, they threaten to report the attack and data theft to its customers.

Earlier, analysts from the American company Sentinel Labs reported that hackers from China were behind a series of cyberattacks on Russian government bodies. Prior to that, Rostelecom-Solar’s Solar JSOC Cyber ​​Attack Counteraction Center and the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents (created by the Russian FSB) announced their involvement in the attacks by “cyber mercenaries pursuing the interests of a foreign state,” without specifying which one.

More details about the investigation – in the material “Kommersant” “Crouching Code, Hidden Dragon”.

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