A new report released by cybersecurity firm, Positive Technologies, highlights the remarkable escalation in ransomware attacks in the second quarter of 2021.
In fact, 69 percent of all malware attacks involved ransomware, which represents a 30 percent increase from the same quarter last year. The cybercriminal's biggest targets were governments, healthcare facilities, and industrial operations.
The report also identified a few novel techniques used by cybercriminals, including a new malware loader, Tomiris, and remote administration tool (RAT) called B-JDUN.
Two high-profile ransomware attacks in early May, against Colonial Pipeline and Washington D.C.'s police department, have brought increased attention and efforts to disrupt attacks from law enforcement and federal investigators. This may decrease the deluge of attacks for a time, but experts expect cybercriminals will eventually renew their activity with original ideas for infiltration.
If victimized by a cyberattack, organizations should conduct a comprehensive investigation to make sure any "back doors" left by the hackers are closed. Lance Whitney "Ransomware now accounts for 69% of all attacks that use malware" www.techrepublic.com (Sep. 23, 2021).