Cybersecurity firm Check Point in its latest report claims that there has been a 93% increase in the number of ransomware attacks globally. “An organisation in India is being attacked on average 1738 times per week in the last 6 months, compared to 757 attacks per organization globally,” it said in its ‘Cyber Attack Trends: 2021 Mid-Year Report’
Check Point claimed that the most impacted industries in India in the last six months are Education/research; Government/Military; Insurance/legal; Manufacturing and Healthcare. Globally, cyber criminals are also targeting healthcare and critical infrastructure.
The report claims that organisations have experienced a 29% increase in cyber-attacks globally. The EMEA region showed the highest growth with 36%, followed by the Americas with an increase of 34% with APAC witnessing a 13% growth in attacks.
“This year has also seen a new ‘Triple Extortion’ ransomware technique emerge. While there have been successful international operations targeting cyber-crime, such as the take-down of the notorious Emotet botnet, threat actors launched sophisticated attacks which exploited organizations’ supply chains to cause widespread disruption,” it added.
Globally, the number of ransomware attacks on organizations increased by 93% in H1 2021, compared to the same period last year. Increasingly, in addition to stealing sensitive data from organizations and threatening to release it publicly unless a payment is made, attackers are now targeting organizations’ customers and/or business partners and demanding ransom from them too.
“Ransomware will grow, despite law enforcement stepping up. Increased use of penetration tools to give live hackers ability to customize attacks on the fly and a trend towards collateral damage well beyond the initial target victim calls for a collateral damage strategy,” warned the report.