Cyber security specialists have been saying it all year long: Hackers have taken great advantage of the pandemic and the chaos it has created around the world to multiply their attacks. While the majority were phishing campaigns or scams, even when it comes to more complex cyber attacks, the increase has been a record.
200 Ansi interventions in 2020
Guillaume Poupard, director general of the National Information Systems Security Agency (Anssi) in charge of protecting computer systems in France, did not go all the way on BFMTV on Monday January 11, 2021. He explains that his teams simply made four times more interventions in 2020 compared to the previous year. “ In the victims who appeal to Anssi, with whom we are in contact, a fishy figure: 50 operations in 2019, 200 in 2020, so that’s times 4 “.
However, the number of interventions does not equal the number of cyber attacks: Anssi is only called when the problem cannot be solved or when there is a major risk for the security of France, for example in the event of an attack targeting companies working in the defense sector.
Ransomware still popular with hackers
While individuals are generally the target of phishing campaigns aimed at stealing their personal or banking data, businesses are still targeted by ransomware (or ransomware): malware that blocks a company’s computer systems. Once the hackers get control of these systems, they demand a ransom to unlock them.
All security specialists agree that companies should not pay: there is nothing to prove to them indeed the good times of the hackers concerning the liberation of the systems, nor the fact that the hackers also did not steal data or install other malware. Only cybersecurity specialists can fix the problem and identify the risks ahead.
On the scene since the global WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017, this software continues to be developed, requiring continuous adaptation by IT security departments.