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Ransomware Exploits and Supply Chain Attacks Lead the Cyber Trends in the First Half of 2021

Global cyber attacks increased by 29%, as hackers continue to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic and shift to remote work. Ransomware attacks surged 93% in the last 6 months, fueled by innovation in an attack technique called Triple Extortion.

Download the 2021 Cyber Trends Report to learn about:

  • The rise of ‘Triple Extortion’ ransomware attacks: In addition to stealing sensitive data from organizations and threatening to release it publicly unless a payment is made, attackers are now targeting organizations’ customers and/or business partners and demanding ransoms from them too
  • Supply chain attacks step up: The well-known SolarWinds supply chain attack stands out in 2021 due to its scale and influence, but other sophisticated supply chain attacks have occurred such as Codecov in April, and most recently, Kaseya
  • The race to become Emotet’s successor: Following the botnet’s takedown in January, other malwares are quickly gaining popularity, namely: Trickbot, Dridex, Qbot and IcedID
  • Predictions for H2 2021: Ransomware will grow despite law enforcement stepping up. Hackers are using penetration tools to give the hackers the ability to customize attacks on the fly. This growing trend is inflicting collateral damage the initial target victim, calling for a collateral damage strategy


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