Malcolm Tuck, Managing Director at ESET UK: The ESET report reveals the top cyber threats facing businesses in 2022

“ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, publishes three threat reports each year that provide in-depth technical analysis of cyber threats and trends from around the world. To make this report as accessible and helpful as possible, we created our first ESET Threat Intelligence Index, which highlights the top trends impacting organizations and provides predictions and recommendations on how to protect themselves in the future.

The ESET Threat Intelligence Index highlights the most common cyberattack vectors for UK businesses in the last third of 2021 and is sobering.

Between September and December 2021, ESET blocked an average of 4.8 million web threats and 400,000 unique URLs daily, up 2.6% from May to August 2021. The most common external attack vector was brute force attacks aimed at breaking into accounts systematically try all possible combinations to guess passwords. This was followed by exploitation of the ProxyLogon vulnerability on Microsoft Exchange Server, which allows an attacker to bypass authentication by posing as an administrator.

Attacks on the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which first emerged during lockdowns in 2020 and targeted employees using remote access tools to work remotely, continued to escalate. Similarly, ransomware attacks continued to be as aggressive as ever, with T3 seeing the highest ransom ultimatum of $240 million, more than triple the previous record.

There was also a 114% increase in ransomware threats on Android devices. However, we saw a 5.9% decrease in threats targeting macOS devices. Interestingly, the “safest” days for devices were Tuesdays, when, on average, telemetry detected the fewest number of Android threats.

Email threats, often the route to more serious attacks, were detected more than twice as often. This was mainly due to an increase in phishing emails, with those using DHL and WeTransfer as bait being

As we enter 2022, we expect more opportunistic campaigns aimed at gathering sensitive information from our increasingly connected world. And because cyber criminals are always looking for new detection methods
Bypassing, we can expect the attacks to get sneakier and sneakier.

With geopolitical tensions likely to remain high for some time, countries whose governments actively support either Ukraine or Russia are also likely to be the target of cyberattacks designed to cause disruption, damage, and steal information. We are already seeing hacker groups choosing sides and entering the cyber battlefield, guided by their sympathies. Threats will continue to evolve in scope and complexity, so staying vigilant is important.” Malcolm Tuck, Managing Director at ESET UK: The ESET report reveals the top cyber threats facing businesses in 2022

Fry Electronics Team

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