Ransomware attacks were one of the major cyber threats in 2019, according to Trend Micro.
Η Trend Micro Inc., one of the largest Companies cyber security around the world, yesterday published its annual report for 2019. The report outlines the most important issues and issues changes observed in threat landscape during 2019. These reports aim to inform businesses about threats, in order to receive the appropriate meters and protect themselves.
According to the report, the Ransomware continued to be a significant threat last year. Trend Micro found out increase in ransomware attacks against 10%, despite a decline in new ransomware software (by 57%). The healthcare sector remained their most popular target hackers. More than 700 organizations were attacked in 2019. In addition, at least 110 US state and municipal authorities were victimized by ransomware. The company said it blocked more than 61 million ransomware last year attacks.
"THE digital transformation has been one of the most important issues in recent decades and has had very positive results over time. However, the safety is not always taken into account and leaves digital doors open to cybercriminals, "said Jon Clay, chief executive of Trend Micro. “Despite the ideals of digital transformation, h lack of basic security and use of older systems with outdated operating systems systems and vulnerabilities still a reality. ”. All these data they are exploited by both ransomware gangs and others hackers for their own benefit.
Trend Micro also noted that in 2019 there were alliances between ransomware gangs to promote their malicious activities. For example, the attackers they violate a company's systems and then they give access and to other hackers, for a fee. The hackers behind ransomware Sodinokibi have attacked 22 local government units in Texas, demanding $ 2,5 million. They then gave access to other attackers. This is how the so-called tendency became "Access-as-a-service", where criminal groups rent or sell access to networks companies. The price for this service ranges from $ 3.000 to $ 20.000.
According to Trend Micro, known vulnerabilities have been and continue to be one of the main causes of successful ransomware and other attacks. In 2019, the Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) revealed many more critical vulnerabilities than in 2018 (an increase of 171%). The criticality of vulnerabilities reflects the likelihood of malicious hackers exploiting vulnerabilities. The more critical a vulnerability is, the more likely it is to be used. Therefore, correcting such errors should be a priority for them Companies.
Trend Micro gives tips to users on how to protect themselves from the various threats. The company recommends one coordinated defense for gateways, networks, servers and endpoints. In addition, the following are suggested:
- Reduce the chance of ransomware attacks through network segmentation, regular backups and continuous network monitoring.
- Update regularly all your systems and correct it possible vulnerabilities.
- Turn it on virtual patching, especially for operating systems no longer supported by the vendor.
- Apply multi-factor authentication to prevent account violations.
You can read Trend Micro's full report here.