Cyber attacks recorded in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion have shot up 20 percent to 1,446 weekly threats, according to data collected and published by Check Point Research (CPR).
CPR, Check Point’s Threat Intelligence division, has also recorded a one percent increase, to 1,274 weekly threats, from cyber attacks targeting Russia since the armed conflict began.
By region, threats have increased as follows: Europe (+14%), North America (+17%), Asia-Pacific (+11%), Latin America (+17%) and Africa (-2%). ). Globally, the average number of weekly attacks per institution was 1,266, 14 percent more than before the conflict and 15 percent more than in the first 15 days.
In Europe, the average number of threats per week per organization was 1,068, 14 percent more than before the confrontation began and 15 percent more than in the first two weeks of the confrontation.
In North America the average was 991 threats per company, 17 percent more than before the start of the war and 15 percent more than in the first 15 days of it.
In the Asia-Pacific region, a total of 1,718 cyberattacks per company were carried out, 11 percent more than before the conflict began and 13 percent more than in the first 15 days.
In Latin America, the average weekly offenses per organization in the last week was 1,837, 17 percent more than before the start of the confrontation and 20 percent more than in the first two weeks of it.
In Africa, the average number of weekly attacks per organization stood last week in 1987, 2 percent less than before the start of the conflict and one percent less than the first two weeks of the conflict.
Within the government and military sector, researchers have detected a significant increase in attacks inside Ukraine in the first days of the fighting, although in the past week it has decreased, compared to the first two weeks (59% less).
However, there has been a significant increase in cyberattacks on the government and military sectors globally in all regions, with an average increase of 21 percent, compared to the situation before the outbreak of the war, and 19 percent more than in the first two weeks of it.
According to these data, “it seems that the cybercriminals were very focused on the conflict at the beginning, and after two weeks they have understood what they can and cannot do. In other words, they have resumed their normal activity”, explains the technical director of Check Point Software for Spain and Portugal, Eusebio Snows, in a statement sent to Europa Press.
“We are also seeing an effort focused on attack government and military targets possibly as part of the diplomatic impact surrounding the war, and also to take advantage of the interest it generates and allows phishing attacks to be carried out,” he adds.