Israel, country most affected by ransomware since 2020, sees 600% increase in attacks: report

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A new report from the Spanish cybersecurity company Virus Total suggests that among the countries in the world, Israel has been hit the hardest by ransomware attacks since 2020. The cybersecurity analysis, which saw the Zionist state submit the maximum number of samples, was released Thursday. and was commissioned by Google. Entitled “Ransomware Activity Report”, the scan result was based on more than 80 million samples collected from 140 countries.

“Israel is the most notable outlier, with an almost 600% increase in the number of submissions from its baseline. It is followed by South Korea, Vietnam, China, Singapore, India , Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Iran and the United Kingdom, ”he added. report indicated.

Ransomware attacks have become one of the biggest threats in the world. In July, a ransomware attack on Kaseya, a US-based service provider, temporarily halted the operation of hundreds of businesses in 17 countries. In the process, the FBI opened a full investigation into the case by joining the Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure Security Agency and US federal agencies “to understand the extent of the threat.”

Ransomware attacks increased 600% between January 2020 and September 2021 in Israel

The number of ransomware attacks increased by 600% between January 2020 and September 2021. In addition, Windows computers were more targeted than Android or iOS devices. According to the report, while computers made up 95% of the targets, Android devices only made up 2% of the attacks. It is worth mentioning that while Israel is at the top of the list, the other worst affected countries are India, South Korea, Vietnam, China, Iran, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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Report will help researchers: Google

In its blog, Google said, “This report is designed to help researchers, security professionals and the general public understand the nature of ransomware attacks while enabling cyber professionals to better analyze files, URLs, domains and suspicious IP addresses. development is essential to anticipate their evolution and detect cybersecurity threats around the world. “

Kaseya attack

On July 2, the Miami-based IT and security service provider was hit by a colossal cyberattack by a group of Russian hackers called “REvil”. The attack not only affected more than 200 businesses across America, but also affected more than 800 grocery stores in Sweden, all indirectly linked to Kaseya.

US President Joe Biden has ordered an investigation into the attacks, including whether the hackers were affiliated with Russia. Additional reports suggest that POTUS recently raised the threat during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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