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email attacks surge 464% as ransomware reigns supreme | #ransomware | #cybercrime

The finding comes out of a Mid-Year Cyberthreats Report 2023 by Acronis. According to them, while there was a decrease in ransomware variants, the existing ones continued to cause havoc for businesses. 

The report says that out of each malware sample found, the average lifespan is 2.1 days before it disappears, while 73%  of samples were only seen once.

It also found that about 30% of all emails received were spam and 1.3% contained malware or phishing links. 

In the UK, there were 85,171 fraud and cyber crimes reported leading to £527 million in losses according to data from the National Federation of Independent Business.

Leading the charge in the cybercrime front, according to Acronis, was the LockBit group. During Q1 of 2023, this group accounted for almost half (49%) of known victims. Acronis attributes this massive proportion to LockBit’s Mac computer encryptors. 

LockBit has become one of the first major ransomware groups to focus on macOS, considered traditionally as less vulnerable to attacks. This has led to a large number of Mac users being caught off guard.

Following LockBit, the next most active group was Clop (19%), followed by BlackCat/ALPHV (13%), Royal (12%), and Play (7%).


A large driver in the success rate of phishing emails in recent months has been the utilisation of artificial intelligence (AI) by cybercriminal groups.

Using AI, attackers were able to respond to potential questions with minimal effort, specifically in business email compromise scams. 

While AI-generated malware itself is not particularly sophisticated at the moment, the report warned that models are likely to improve in the future, and major advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are likely to adopt AI-driven strategies soon. 

To read the full Mid-Year Cyberthreats Report, click here

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