Even though ransomware attacks declined during the first six months of 2022, malware attacks have been on the rise over the same period, according to The Register.
Ransomware incidents around the world dropped by 23% during the first six months of the year, a SonicWall report found. While the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, as well as more intensive law enforcement action, have contributed to the decline, more ransomware attacks could be expected within the next six to 12 months, said SonicWall CEO Bill Conner.
Meanwhile, malware attacks reached 2.8 billion during the first half of the year, with encrypted threats and IoT malware in North America spiking by 284% and 228%, respectively, as global IoT malware prevalence grew by 77%. Such attacks should prompt the adoption of network segmentation, noted Conner.
"Network segmentation is really hugely important you need segmentation because regardless of how they [the miscreants] get in, you don't want them to have east/west complete latitude," he added.
Officials at the City of Augusta, Georgia, have been noted by Mayor Garnett Johnson to have not communicated with the BlackByte ransomware operation that took credit for a cyberattack against the city that commenced on May 21, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
Attacks exploiting a zero-day in the MOVEit Transfer file transfer app to compromise various servers and facilitate data exfiltration efforts have been admitted by the Clop ransomware operation, also known as Lace Tempest, TA505, and FIN11, after the intrusions have been attributed to the group by Microsoft, reports BleepingComputer.
University of Waterloo in Canada has disclosed that its on-campus Microsoft Exchange servers have been impacted by an averted ransomware attack on May 30, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.