7 million cyber threats blocked in six months

More than 4 million email threats and 1m malware attacks in Bahrain were blocked by its solutions in the first half of 2022, Trend Micro has said.

The cybersecurity solutions provider revealed in its Midyear Roundup Report 2022 that it also prevented 818,051 malicious URL victim attacks, and 2,502 URL hosts in the kingdom.

The report predicts that ransomware groups will increasingly target Linux servers and embedded systems over the coming years.

It recorded a double-digit year-on-year (YoY) increase in attacks on these systems in H1 2022.

Detection of attacks from ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) surged in the first half of 2022.

Major players like LockBit and Conti were detected with a 500 per cent YoY increase and nearly doubled the number of detections in six months respectively. The RaaS model has generated significant profits for ransomware developers and their affiliates.

According to the data, Trend Micro blocked 63 billion threats in H1 2022, there were 52pc more threats in the first half of the year than in the same period in 2021, while government, manufacturing, and healthcare were among the top three sectors targeted with malware.

The report also highlights the ongoing risks of remote and hybrid work and learning environments.

Bahrain blocked 26,800 Smart Home Network (SHN) inbound and outbound attacks and prevented 102,388 SHN events for hackers to target or control home devices from executing malware, obtaining sensitive information, intercepting communications, or launching external attacks.

“Enterprises in Bahrain have resiliently battled against a rapidly evolving threat landscape yet challenges remain as they attack surface continues to expand,” said Assad Arabi, managing director of Gulf Cluster. “The findings of the midyear report emphasise the importance of strengthening the country’s security strategy.”

There are new ransomware groups emerging every day. In the first half of 2022, Black Basta was the most notable. Even though SMBs are a more popular target, many threat actors tend to go for large corporations. Vulnerability exploitation is a common ransomware attack vector. Unpatched vulnerabilities contribute to a growing digital attack surface that many organisations are struggling to secure as hybrid workplaces expand their IT environment. More than two-fifths of global organisations (43pc) believe it is “spiralling out of control.”

Furthermore, cloud visibility is crucial given the persistent risk posed by third parties using methods like cloud-based crypto mining and cloud tunneling to exploit misconfigured environments. Threat actors frequently use the latter to host phishing websites or route malware traffic.


Source: https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/1149856/7-million-cyber-threats-blocked-in-six-months


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