Targeted ransomware attacks are becoming more common as more and more companies adopt Linux, new research by Trend Micro has shown.
Overall, 63 billion threats are said to have been blocked by the company’s systems in the first half of 2022 alone, which, according to Trend Micro, represents a significant 52% increase. compared to the same period in 2021
In an effort to fend off unwanted attacks, companies bundle multiple malware tools to ensure they cover all the basics, but Trend Micro is concerned that “threats are able to exploit these flaws faster than vendors can release patch updates.”
Ransomware attacks for Linux
According to Trend Micro, the government, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors are of the greatest interest to cybercriminals.
While large companies storing bundles of confidential information remain the primary target of these attacks, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs) are under increasing pressure to fight for better cyber security.
Trend Micro lists “Black Basta” as one of the most significant attacks in the first half of 2022, affecting 50 organizations in two months.
Cybercriminals are also said to be abusing cloud tunneling and cryptocurrency mining services, as well as taking advantage of misconfigured environments that have become commonplace in ransomware attacks.
“New and emerging threat groups continue to evolve their business model, focusing their attacks with even greater precision,” noted Jon Clay, Trend Micro vice president, Threat Intelligence.
Clay called on companies to better understand risk and continue to invest in services such as endpoint protection in their typically “expanding digital attack surface.”[s]”.
When we asked Trend Micro for the best advice on protecting your business, we received the following information from Technical Director Bharat Mistry:
“Emerging threats and new types of RaaS groups continue to threaten organizations in cyberspace. As more and more organizations continue to adapt to cloud and hybrid environments, the rapidly changing threat landscape requires a more integrated approach that focuses on attack surface management to facilitate faster response times, better visibility, risk mitigation and more. ”