Cyberattacks on the Rise

Report shows a significant increase in volume over the past year

In the past few years, cyberattacks have become more common, and both businesses and people have been hurt by different kinds of online crime. A recent report says that the number of cyberattacks around the world has gone up a lot in the past year.

According to Check Point, the overall number of cyberattacks seen in 2022 was roughly three-quarters (38%) more than the amount seen in 2021.

The highest year-over-year rise (74%), according to the security company, was seen in assaults on healthcare companies, which were also the target of smaller, more nimble hacker groups.

Assaults as a whole peaked in Q4 with an average of 1,168 attacks per organization per week. The education sector had the highest average weekly statistics for the year (2,314), followed by government and military (1,661), and healthcare (1,463).

According to Omer Dembinsky, manager of the Check Point data group, threat actors seem to have taken advantage of security flaws brought about by the transition to remote working and education.

He said that the “ransomware ecosystem is continuing to evolve and grow with smaller, more agile criminal groups that form to evade law enforcement.”.

“Second, hackers are widening their aim to target business collaboration tools such as Slack, Teams, OneDrive, and Google Drive with phishing exploits. These make for a rich source of sensitive data given that most organizations’ employees continue to work remotely.”

In 2022, the number of documented cyberattacks on US companies increased by 57% YoY, while it increased even more in the UK (by 77%).

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