CYBERTHREAT REPORT 2nd EDITION 2020
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Cyberthreat Report 2nd Edition 2020: Threat trends, current statistics and emerging threats
The year 2020 has been a tough one: the outbreak of the corona pandemic and the accompanying economic slump confronted global society with various challenges. Cyber criminals in particular are increasingly exploiting such situations for their own ends – and this year that is adding to the usual digital threats.
The Cyberthreat Report 2nd Edition 2020 gives an insight into the latest scams of cybercriminals and the Threat Trends in 2020, and it provides brand new figures and statistics on ransomware, spam and other threats.
Current events as a lead story for spam and phishing
“Corona”, “Masks” or “Black-Lives-Matter”: These subjects are top news worldwide among both media and society. Such emotionally charged, media-amplified topics are of particular interest to cybercriminals, who use the sensitivity to gain access to confidential data, smuggle malware into systems or commit fraud with carefully prepared phishing e-mails. The security experts at Hornetsecurity observed this procedure particularly during the first months of the Corona crisis, which hackers used for various spam and phishing campaigns.
Hornetsecurity Security Labs analysts discovered links to compromised websites and attachments with hidden malware in a large proportion of malicious e-mails. At the beginning and middle of March 2020, spam e-mails sent on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) had become the main source of spam, after the WHO officially declared the spread of the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.
How exactly cyber criminals are constructing these emails and current figures can be found in the Cyberthreat Report 2nd Edition 2020.
New Trend: Ranshameware & Leakware
Ransomware is considered one of the most feared and fastest growing types of malware in the world. Every year the damage it causes to affected companies increases. According to a recent study, the financial cost of encryption attacks in 2020 will be around 17 billion dollars worldwide, and experts expect ransomware to continue to pose a growing threat in the future. Security analysts have observed a very specific trend, especially in the last few months, called “ranshameware” (also known as “leakware”), that is expected to drive up ransom costs.
Cybercriminal groups no longer rely solely on ransomware to encrypt data, but are expanding their blackmail strategy and copying their victims’ files from the compromised computers. They then threaten to publish this sensitive information on their “leak” sites – the data is thus accessible to everyone, which can have further economic as well as image-damaging consequences for the companies.
damage caused by ransomware worldwide every year.
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