Throughout 2021, cybercriminals increased the number of attacks on government and commercial enterprises – at their peak, there were an average of 925 incidents per organization per week. About it reported Check Point Research analysts.
According to researchers, the total number of cyberattacks on corporate networks has increased by 50% compared to 2020.
The most affected sector were educational and research institutions – 1605 attacks per week (up 75%). They are followed by the government and military sector – 1,136 cases (47% more than in 2020), as well as the communications industry – 1,079 attacks (up 51%).
Geographically, the main victims of cybercriminals were located in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, the latter traditionally includes Russia.
Check Point Research noted that a vulnerability in the popular Java library Log4j, revealed at the end of December 2021, played an important role in activating hacker activities. It was used to install hidden miners and other malware.
Experts advise organizations operating in vulnerable sectors to quickly implement security patches for their systems, segment local networks, and train employees to recognize potential threats.
We will remind, the analytical company Chainalysis calculated that in 2021 fraudsters stole more than $ 7.7 billion in cryptocurrencies from users. More than a third of this amount fell on rug pull schemes – the practice of pumping up the value of the created token in the liquidity pool, followed by a sharp withdrawal of funds, as a result of which other participants in the pool are left with depreciated assets.