Η Trend Micro stated that cyber threats were detected and blocked by company in 2020, increased 20%, reaching about 62,6 billion.
According to her annual report company "A Constant State of Flux: Trend Micro 2020 Annual Cybersecurity Report", Released yesterday, an average of 119.000 threats per minute were detected.
The threats associated with e-mail, such as attacks phishing (Phishing) represented the 91% of the total threats, which were excluded from Trend Micro last year. Researchers have identified nearly 14 million unique Phishing URLs in 2020, which were primarily targeted at home networks.
Attacks on home networks increased by 210% (approximately 2,9 billion attacks), which accounts for 15,5% of all homes. The vast majority (73%) of home network breaches involved brute-force attacks to gain access to a smart device or router.
Ransomware attacks could not be missing from the threats that plagued many organizations last year. The number of newly identified ransomware increased by 34% last year. The researchers also observed one increase in "double blackmail" attacks, in which the attackers steal data of victims before encrypting them systems, and ask for money to return it or not to expose it to Internet. The governments, banks, construction companies and healthcare organizations were the areas most targeted by ransomware gangs.
Also, the number of vulnerabilities published by the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), increased by 40%. Some of the vulnerabilities exploited by the attackers during this period have existed since at least 2005.
"In 2020, companies faced a huge volume of threats affecting their extensive infrastructure, including employees' home networksSaid Jon Clay, CEO of Trend Micro.
"Known tactics such as Phishing, brute forcing and exploitation of vulnerabilities continue to be the primary means of breach".
Clay added that a year after the world pandemic, organizations around the world need to be aware of its impact on cyber security.
"Global organizations have had time to understand the impact of the pandemic on cybersecuritySaid Clay.
"The new year is an opportunity for adjustment and improvement with complete security based on in cloud, to protect personnel (working remotely) and systems".
Source: Infosecurity Magazine