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Hackers-for-hire are biggest cybersecurity threat -EU agency

BRUSSELS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Hackers-for-hire emerged because the biggest threat to on-line safety within the final 15 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic and residential working creating alternatives for cybercriminals, EU cybersecurity agency ENISA stated in its annual report on Wednesday.

The research, which lined the interval April 2020 to July 2021, seeks to assist governments and corporations perceive cybersecurity threats and develop strategies to deal with the issue.

High profile ransomware assaults in current months embody that towards the Colonial Pipeline that prompted gasoline disruptions within the japanese United States in May, and a separate case involving Brazilian firm JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker.

“The COVID-19 crisis has created possibilities for adversaries who used the pandemic as a dominant lure in campaigns for email attacks for instance. Monetisation appears to be the main driver of such activities,” the report stated.

The well being sector was a major goal particularly within the May-July interval this 12 months as hackers looked for vaccine info, the research stated.

Public administration and authorities and digital service suppliers additionally reported a lot of incidents. Hackers most well-liked to be paid off in cryptocurrency.

Other rising cyber threats cited within the report embody cryptojacking the place a felony makes use of a sufferer’s computing energy to generate cryptocurrency and which reached a document excessive within the first quarter of this 12 months, and misinformation and disinformation.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by David Gregorio

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