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Global ransomware attacks increased by 485% in 2020

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The pandemic has been accompanied by other cybersecurity threats and the latest reports indicate that the global ransomware attacks increased by 485% in 2020.

The year 2020 will go down in history for the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. That pandemic has had really big health and security related consequences.

Cyber-security vulnerabilities have increased by 485% in 2020

For example, cybercriminals have tried to take full advantage of the pandemic situation to compromise as many victims as possible.

The 2020 Consumer Threat Landscape Report finds that both incidents involving banking trojans and cryptocurrency mining intensified during the first months of the year, coinciding with the pandemic. Forty-five percent of all incidents related to banking trojans were concentrated between April and June.

Globally, one of the most insistent threats was ransomware, which hijacks computers and encrypts files. Attacks with this type of malware increased by 485% in 2020 and 64% of them took place during the first and second quarters.

Global ransomware attacks increased by 485% in 2020
Global ransomware attacks increased by 485% in 2020

Malicious Android apps, such as those that mimic Zoom-like video conferencing solutions have increased by %320.

The researches reveal that one-third of IoT devices come with proprietary operating systems, which are responsible for 96% of all vulnerabilities detected on such equipment. Without going any further, vulnerabilities in smart TVs increased by 335%.

NAS storage devices receive the less-than-honorable title of having the most vulnerabilities, increasing by 189% during the year.

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