The number of unreported cases is massiveAccording to the Cyberthreat Report cybercrime is the world’s third largest threat after environmental disasters and political tensions. In 2017, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) was able to identify almost 86,000 cases of cybercrime in Germany – an increase of four percent compared to the previous year.
Advanced Persistent Threats still very popular
As in 2017, the popularity of Advanced Persistent Threats among cyber criminals continues uninterrupted. With the attack on the French construction company Ingérop, the hackers once again proved the significant threat potential of such sophisticated cyberattacks. They succeeded in transferring malware into the IT infrastructure by means of a professionally designed phishing campaign on employees of the Group. This served as a door opener for a large-scale data theft. The hackers captured a total of 65 gigabytes of sensitive data, including construction plans for nuclear facilities and high-security prisons. Furthermore, sensitive personal data of a total of 1,200 Ingérop employees were stolen.
Malware remains standardCompared to Advanced Persistent Threats, malware is far less complex, but still very effective. In general, it is used to perform unwanted or harmful functions to users. The cyber criminals use malware to increase their income, for example. The great variety of malware makes it a very popular tool for hackers.
Spam emails – threat potential increases
Spam is no longer as popular among cybercriminals as it was ten years ago. The Hornetsecurity Cyberthreat Report concludes that in 2018 not even every second email was a spam email. The situation was different back in 2009: At this time, it was almost 100 percent of all emails. Anyone who thinks that this trend is positive is unfortunately mistaken. Whilst ten years ago almost no spam email contained malware, today this is quite different. More and more emails are packed with malware such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware or spyware.
To summarise: The battle is far from lost.
Even though the damage caused by cybercrime is steadily increasing and it is becoming increasingly difficult to cope with the complex threat situation, the final “battle” has not yet been fought. More and more companies are aware of the current threat situation and are implementing intelligent IT security concepts as well as effective Managed Security Services to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks.