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Mass attacks against edge services
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The cyber threat landscape in 2023 and 2024 will be dominated by mass attacks. An earlier report on the professionalization of cybercrime already pointed to the growing importance of mass exploitation of vulnerabilities at the edge as an infection vector. Now the scope and severity of these mass attacks have exploded. The spread can be measured by the number of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) added to the Known Exploited Vulnerability Catalogue (KEV) per month. The number of CVEs added to the KEV each month that target edge services and…

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Inadequate protection against cyber risks
Inadequate protection against cyber risks

The annual research study "Absolute Security Cyber ​​Resilience Risk Index" has been published. For the current edition, Absolute Security evaluated the telemetry data of five million PCs worldwide. The results show that most industries are weeks or even months behind in fixing software vulnerabilities. Installed security tools had gaps and therefore did not work properly for a quarter of the study period. In addition, most of the company PCs examined would have to be replaced in order to be able to support AI-based technologies. These factors lead to numerous compliance and security challenges. Inadequate security tools Because they do not have automated...

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IT, IoT, OT: The riskiest devices
The riskiest devices

This year, more than ever, attackers are able to find access points across silos across devices, operating systems and embedded firmware, which form the basis for The Riskiest Connected Devices in 2024 report. Forescout Technologies delivers this fourth annual review of data collected from nearly 19 million devices through its research arm Vedere Labs, a leading international team dedicated to uncovering vulnerabilities and threats to critical infrastructure. “The device has evolved from a mere asset to a trusted, sophisticated, intelligent…

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End devices: Malware continues to increase massively in 2024
End devices: Malware continues to increase massively in 2024 Image: MS - KI

A recent Internet Security Report from WatchGuard focuses on malware that attacks end devices, such as the widespread "Pandoraspear" malware that targets smart TVs in companies and seeks access. In its new Internet Security Report, WatchGuard Technologies has identified a sharp increase in malware detections for end devices. While the number of malware attacks targeting networks fell by almost half compared to the previous quarter, attacks with malware for end devices rose by 82 percent. Chromium-based browsers in particular increasingly became the source of the malware threat at the beginning of the year. TV hacks: Attackers are looking for new ways...

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Ransomware: 97 percent of those affected seek advice from the authorities

An enormous number of companies turn to official institutions in the event of a cyber attack. The current Sophos State of Ransomware Report confirms that, in addition to just reporting, many of those affected are also looking for advice or instructions on how to restore their data. According to the annual State of Ransomware 2024 Report, 97 percent of organizations surveyed that were victims of ransomware last year worked with law enforcement or other government agencies. This impressively high percentage applies equally to the global and DACH survey results. More than half (59 percent worldwide and 56 percent in…

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AI-powered cyber attacks are increasing
AI-powered cyber attacks are increasing

Cyberattacks are more sophisticated than ever and AI-powered attacks pose the greatest risk. This is what the Keeper Security Insight Report 2024 finds. It shows that IT managers are not sufficiently prepared for the new wave of threat vectors. Worldwide, 92 percent (97 percent in Germany) of those surveyed said that the number of cyber attacks had increased compared to the previous year. In parallel with the increasing frequency, 95 percent of IT leaders worldwide and in Germany say that cyberattacks are more sophisticated than ever before and that they are unprepared for this new wave of threat vectors. The…

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XDR analysis: When and where do attackers usually knock?
EDR analysis: When and where do attackers usually knock? Image by Tung Lam on Pixabay

Barracuda security researchers analyzed the top Extended Detection and Response (XDR) detections of 2023, based on proprietary data supported by a 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC). The results reveal the most common ways attackers tried – and failed – to gain persistent access to networks. In 2023, 66.000 high-risk threats were detected that were serious enough to require referral to SOC analysts for investigation, and an additional 15.000 that required urgent, immediate response. Both threat categories saw a steady increase throughout the year, peaking in October, November and December…

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Sharp increase in ransomware
Sharp increase in ransomware

A leading provider of an AI-powered, cloud-based cybersecurity platform has released its new cyberattack and ransomware statistics for Q1 2024. In the DACH region, general cyber attacks fell significantly compared to Q1 2023 (-17 percent). At the same time, however, the spread of ransomware in Europe increased the most of all regions year-on-year (64 percent). However, the most ransomware in absolute terms continues to occur in North America, where 59 percent of almost 1.000 ransomware attacks took place. By industry, communications companies saw the largest year-over-year increase in ransomware (177 percent), followed by manufacturing companies (96…

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Risks from increasing use of artificial intelligence
Risks from increasing use of artificial intelligence

A report shows that 569 TB of corporate data is passed on to AI tools and underlines the importance of better data security. Enterprise AI/ML transactions increased from 521 million monthly in April 2023 to 3,1 billion in January 2024. With 21 percent of all AI transactions, manufacturing generates the most AI traffic in the Zscaler Cloud, followed by finance and Insurance (14 percent) and services (13 percent). The most popular enterprise AI/ML applications by transaction volume are ChatGPT, Drift, OpenAI, Writer, and LivePerson. The five countries with the most AI transactions in companies are the USA, India, Great Britain,…

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Increase in ransomware attacks and compliance failures
Increase in ransomware attacks and compliance failures

An annual report highlights the latest threats, trends and emerging topics in data security. It is based on a survey of almost 3.000 (262 in Germany) IT and security experts in 18 countries and 37 industries. This year's report found that 93% of IT professionals believe security threats are increasing in scope or severity, a significant increase from 47% last year. The number of companies affected by ransomware attacks increased by over 27% last year (32% in Germany). Despite this escalating threat, fewer...

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