6m cyber threats blocked

More than 6 million cyber threats in Bahrain were blocked during the first half of the year by security solutions from Trend Micro.

The American-Japanese software company has revealed that it detected and blocked over 5m (5,435,089) email threats, prevented 670,547 malicious URL victim attacks, and 1,122 URL hosts.

In addition, 219,796 malware attacks were identified and stopped, while 115 online related banking malware threats were blocked.

Trend Micro’s Midyear Security Roundup for H1 2021: Attacks from All Angles report also shows that home networks in Bahrain were a major attraction for cybercriminals looking to pivot to corporate systems, devices, and networks.

Also, 9,814 smart home network inbound and outbound attacks combined were blocked, preventing 474,328 events for hackers to target or control home devices from executing malware, obtaining sensitive information, intercepting communications, or launching external attacks.

“Today, most enterprises are adopting a hybrid work model, hence there is a need for a robust cyber security infrastructure to secure it from the modern-day threats,” said Assad Arabi, managing director of Trend Micro Gulf Cluster.

“Companies need to evaluate their security stance against the evolving threat landscape and protect their IT environments from the malicious actors that are incessantly seeking vulnerabilities. Our mid-year-round up report sheds light on the threat landscape for enterprises in Bahrain and highlights the need for companies to adopt a strong IT security posture and strategise their way forward in the new digital economy.”

The report states that globally the company’s solutions blocked 40.9 billion email threats, malicious files, and malicious URLs for customers in H1 2021, with a 47 per cent year-on-year increase. Ransomware remained the standout threat in the first half of the year as cybercriminals continued to target big-name victims. The banking industry was disproportionately affected, experiencing a 1,318pc year-on-year increase in ransomware attacks in the first half of 2021.

Within the first half of 2021, a ransomware group shut down a major gas provider leaving half of the US East Coast without fuel.

Other ransomware operators used double extortion tactics to get million-dollar payouts from enterprises.

Advanced persistent threat (APT) teams compromised integral enterprise tools like Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud servers, Kubernetes, and a popular webmail platform in Asia, all with different agendas: Some attempted to steal financial account information, while others attempted to load cryptocurrency miners.

Critical bugs in major server clients and in popular printer technology were also exploited, the report said.


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