Cybersecurity News & Analysis
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CYBERSECURITY NEWS: THE THREAT OF THE WEEK & HOW TO STOP IT
Fake News Can Do Real Damage to Your Business
There have been unexpected twists and turns around every corner of this tumultuous year. From natural disasters to COVID-19, the 2020 news cycles have been packed with fast-developing stories and breaking news that was essential for everyone. A lot more people were following news and events than usually do – creating a lot more opportunities for cybercriminals to pounce, and they’ve been taking advantage of it.
The weaponization of topical events came in at number 4 on a recent list of ransomware trends in 2020 for a good reason. All of those people feeling isolated and looking for news in the midst of chaotic and frightening events were perfect targets for phishing attacks rife with ransomware. Cybercriminals went the extra mile to capitalize on fake COVID-19 spread maps, WHO notices, government stimulus check messages and all sorts of pandemic-related scams.
They weren’t wasting their time either. With Google reporting a more than 600% increase in phishing emails, rocketing COVID-19 to the top of their list as the biggest phishing topic ever, cybercriminals were liberally chumming the waters for likely bites on their ransomware lures. A sudden, dramatic rise in unsettled employees unfamiliar with remote work created a golden opportunity for cybercrime since remote workers are more likely to fall for a phishing email trap.
And cybercriminals reaped a bountiful harvest of data and cash. In Q2 2020 alone, ransomware attacks increased by more than 30% worldwide according to IBM, with a huge increase of more than 140% against US-based targets. Two in five SMBs were impacted by ransomware this year. By this time next year, ransomware is expected to top $20 billion in damage, with a new ransomware attack launched every 11 seconds.
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