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2022 BrightCloud® Threat Report: The year of innovation for cybercrime

2022 BrightCloud® Threat Report: The year of innovation for cybercrime

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Of all the places where malware could hide on business PCs, it uses %temp% more than half the time

 

This is surprising but also not surprising, perhaps it would be a good idea to have like an auto temp folder clear scheduled every time Webroot runs a daily scan, if the threat hasn’t been detected it’s a potential rudimentary failsafe.

  • 53% of consumer PCs were infected more than once, and 19% infected more than 5 times.

This surprised me, i would of thought you would learn after the first instance.

Since formally joining the IT world in the early 80’s I have personally witnessed only a handful of infections. In those days I knew of the existence of two antivirus software applications. For the past 4 years I have satisfactorily and happily been protecting my devices and those of my customers with Webroot  ; )

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  • In 2021, we discovered over 4 million new high-risk URLs in 2021, almost 66% of them involved in phishing.

Too many new things coming up, we need to stay alert always

Interesting to see smaller businesses are targeted more compared to larger. I guess it makes sense, larger organisations will have more budget for IT.

how antivirus on  phone  zte max 10

Unfortunate but not surprising that Africa is up there. As a South African, we hear everyday of newly reported ways that criminals and malicious organisations are securing funding. It is however, a reality everyone is going to face at sometime worldwide. Unfortunately, us cybersecurity specialists aren’t the only ones innovating our industry.

This is a worrying yet eye opening fact.

“During 2021, 82% of ransomware attacks targeted organizations with less than 1,000 employees. The smallest organizations, with 100 employees or less, comprised 44% of ransomware victims.”

These are really surprising Stats: 

  • In 2021, we discovered over 4 million new high-risk URLs in 2021, almost 66% of them involved in phishing.
  • Bad actors like to time their phishing attacks. In the month of May alone, we witnessed a 770% increase in phishing activity.

Unfortunately, supply chain attacks are the ones that give me nightmares and they’re not dwindling. One major attack could put hundreds or thousands of small MSPs out of business in addition to costing their clients loads of grief and money.

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  • During 2021, 82% of ransomware attacks targeted organizations with less than 1,000 employees. The smallest organizations, with 100 employees or less, comprised 44% of ransomware victims.
  • The year-end average for ransomware payments in 2021 more than doubled the 2020 average, hitting $322,168.

The small businesses without large amounts of reserve cash or large IT departments are the easy targets.  Hence the growing numbers.  I shudder.

Clearly, an educated user is the front line of defense.

Expected Microsoft to be targeted by phishing more.

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“53% of consumer PCs were infected more than once, and 19% infected more than 5 times”

 

More. Than. 5. Times.  This just blows my mind.  Some people just never learn.

I know one happened to a friend of mine. Some people just shouldn’t have a PC. I try to help her but she just don’t listen, I tell her to hover on the email address and not to open it if she doesn’t recognize the address. Well she did and she must of clk’d on something then her computer cashed and then a pop-up with an 800 number for Microsoft which she called then the person who answered told her, that her PC had been hacked. Then he added some one on to the call who was supposed to be with her bank. He also had the last four digits of her account numbers. Glad she called me before transferring any money.

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