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Cyberattacks against governments jumped 95% in last half of 2022, CloudSek says | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

The number of attacks targeting the government sector increased by 95% worldwide in the second half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, according to a new report by AI-based cybersecurity company CloudSek. 

The increase in attacks can be attributed to rapid digitization and the shift to remote work during the pandemic, which broadened the attack surface of government entities and paved the way for an increase in cyberwarfare waged by nation-state actors, according to the report.

Government agencies collect and store huge amounts of data, which include information about individual citizens that can be sold on the dark web. There is also a risk that national security and military data can be used by terrorist organizations. 

Increase in hacktivism and ransomware

In 2022 there was an increase in so-called hacktivist activity — hacking for political purposes — which accounted for about 9% of the recorded incidents reported in the government sector. Ransomware groups accounted for 6% of the total incidents reported. LockBit was the most prominent ransomware operator, the report noted. 

The number of government-sponsored attacks has also multiplied. This increase is due to the advent of offerings such as initial-access brokers and ransomware-as-a-service. 

“These statistics are suggestive of the fact that cyberattacks in this particular industry are no longer limited to financial gains; rather, they are now used as a means to express support or opposition for certain political, religious, or even economic events and policies,” the report said. 

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