Earlier this year, the rapidfire transition to cloud systems led to a significant increase in the number of cyber threats targeting digital infrastructure and remote employees. Coronavirus related phishing attacks escalated from a few thousand per week in February, to over 200,000 per week by late April.
As lockdown restrictions began to ease in May and June, threat actors increased their attack frequency. By the end of June, experts saw a 34% increase in all attack types. More cyber attacks occurred during the first half of 2020 than across the entirety of 2019, according to Dark Reading.
Presently, the most common attack types include:
- Cryptomining, which saw a slight YOY increase, and currently makes up 22% of all attack types.
- Mobile malware attacks, which make up 18% of all attack types.
- Botnet attacks, which make up 18.8% of all attack types.
- Infostealer attacks, which make up 11% of all attack types.
- Banking attacks, which make up 10% of all attack types.
- Ransomware attacks, which make up 4% of all attack types.
Organizations should strive to implement the best cyber security protocols and protections possible for the remainder of 2020. Decision-makers need to stay alert to the rapidly evolving threat landscape. Don’t let threats get to your organization. For the latest comprehensive information regarding current threat trends, read this mid-year trends report.