Increase In Ransomware Detections In 2019

According to Trend Micro’s annual round up report of 2019, it blocked over 52million unique cyber threats.

61million of these threats were ransomware. This is a 10% increase in new ransomware component detections.

Unsurprisingly, email still seems to be the channel of choice for cyber criminals, as it accounted for 91% of all threats. A 15% increase on 2018.

The report also revealed that internet of things (IoT) devices were also at the mercy of cyber criminals. They were bombarded with bot-net powered attacks. Trend Micro also discovered a 189% surge in “brute force log ins” aimed at IoT end points.

Worryingly, there was also a 6% increase in malicious Android Apps which soared to 32 million last year. These apps have been downloaded millions of times in the Play Store, and although Google are trying their utmost to keep on top of the problem. It always seems the cyber criminals are a few steps ahead.

Jon Clay, Global Director of Trend Micro, said:

“Despite the prevalent ideals of digital transformation, lack of basic security hygiene, legacy systems with outdated operating systems and unpatched vulnerabilities are still a reality.

“This scenario is ideal for ransomware actors working for a quick return on investment. As long as the ransom scheme continues to be profitable, criminals will continue to leverage it.”

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