MADRID, July 29 (Portaltic/EP) –
One of 40 organizations fell victim to “ransomware” attacks so far in 2022, a 59 percent increase from 2021.
The provider of cyber security solutions checkpoint has come to this conclusion after reviewing data it has compiled over the past few months from various sectors of the global economy.
The company has highlighted this in the first place the ransomware it is the main method used by cyber criminals to trick their victims, a technique that consists in hijacking data for a certain economic amount.
These types of cyberattacks have multiplied globally since the start of the pandemic, although businesses have received the biggest threats so far in 2022.
The second quarter of 2022 saw an all-time high as cyberattacks increased by 32 percent compared to the second quarter of 2021.
This would determine the average number of weekly attacks per organization peaked at 1,200 threatened companies. To assess the impact, Check Point differentiated by country and sector.
In this way, it has determined in which region most cyber attacks take place Africa, where the weekly average of affected organizations is 1 in 21 companies.
In contrast, in Europe, which ranks second on the list, the weekly average of companies receiving cyberattacks is 1 in 66. North America & Australia & New Zealand complete this ranking, in which the weekly average of affected organizations is 1 in 108 and 1 in 113, respectively.
Latin America, On the other hand, last year saw the biggest increase in ransomware attacks compared to 2021, hitting 1 in 23 companies weekly.
This is an increase of 43 percent year-on-year, compared to 1 in 33 companies impacted in the second quarter of 2021, followed by the Asia region, which saw a 33 percent increase year-on-year, with 1 in 17 companies impacted per week.
DEALERS AND DEALERS MOST AFFECTED
According to Check Point’s classification of the most affected sectors, the company highlights that the 128 percent increase in threats to retailers and wholesalers compared to the same period last year is “alarming”.
Closely followed by the distributor sector with a 143 percent increase in attacks, and the government and military sector with a 135 percent increase.
This indicates 1 out of 24 companies in these areas are affected weekly, while in education and research every 30th company is affected by these attacks.
It is precisely this industrial sector that has become the most attacked industrial sector in the world, as it has been registered on average more than 2,300 attacks per body each week.
This is an increase of 53 percent compared to the second quarter of the previous year. On the other hand, the healthcare sector saw a 60 percent increase in threats compared to the same quarter last year, reaching 1,342 threats per company per week.