Pictured: Rapid7 headquarters in Boston.

A new report from Rapid7 examining the 2020 vulnerability landscape finds that criminal and nation-state hackers are increasingly relying on attacks that target gateways to corporate networks and finding alternative ways to exploit patched flaws.

The report found that the volume of published vulnerabilities has increased “significantly” over the past five years, with 18,362 reported in 2020 alone. It also examined dozens of critical or high-impact vulnerabilities discovered throughout the past year, some of which have been turned into well-known exploits and others that are sitting quietly in the background, waiting to be weaponized for widespread use by the right hacking group or ransomware operator.

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