MORE TERRIFYING SECURITY RESEARCH has discovered that almost half of a collection of firms surveyed admitted that they have been the victim of a ransomware attack.
Endpoint security outfit SentinelOne said that the ransomware attacks do not just go after monies these days, but have darker aims and can be used to threaten and terrorise people.
"[Our] results point to a significant shift for ransomware. It's no longer just a tool for cyber crime, but a tool for cyber terrorism and espionage," said Tony Rowan, chief security consultant at SentinelOne, in the firm's Ransomware Research Data Summary (PDF).
"Hackers are gaining access to sensitive assets by tricking users, and this is a problem that cannot be removed with more walls and training. Security is at a point of crisis, and customers and vendors must both instigate change.
"There's an immediate need for a new generation of security technologies that can discover, adapt and stop the new breed of threats as they happen."
SentinelOne polled 500 businesses in the US, UK, France and Germany, and found that 48 per cent have had some sort of ransom demand in the past year, and that 81 per cent have been hit more than once. Some as many as four times.
Most of the victim firms have made changes to their businesses. Around 67 per cent, or around two-thirds if we were paid by the word, increased their IT spending, while 52 per cent "changed their security strategies to focus on mitigation".
Reactions varied. Some respondents blamed their antivirus software and 22 per cent fired their IT people, but most were inclined to invest in new technology. Some training was probably involved too because 81 per cent of the attacks were at least partially enabled by phishing or social engineering.
Some 40 per cent said that the attack came through an infection and a botnet. We know that the maths does not add up.
SentinelOne added that employee data, customer information and financial data are the most often plucked fruit, and that survey respondents also cited operational disruption and cyber espionage as apparent motivations. µ
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