Unique Cyber-Attacks Fall for First Time Since 2018

Unique Cyber-Attacks Fall for First Time Since 2018

Unique cyber-attacks declined for the first time in nearly three years in Q3 2021, according to new data from Positive Technologies.

The researchers observed a 4.8% decline in unique attacks in Q3 compared to the previous quarter, the first time they have recorded a reduction since the end of 2018. They said that this trend was primarily by a decline in ransomware attacks and the fact that a number of large cybercrime gangs have seen their activities curtailed by law enforcement. This includes successful actions against the notorious REvil ransomware group, which US authorities forced offline in October.

Positive Technologies recorded 45 ransomware attacks in September, representing a 63% reduction compared to the peak number of attacks in April (120).

The decline in ransomware helped explain why attacks aimed at compromising corporate computers, servers and network equipment fell from 87% to 75% quarter-on-quarter, according to the authors.

The report also noted a rebranding of a number of existing ransomware gangs in Q3. For example, some of these threat actors are rethinking their preference for ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) due to concerns about relying on third parties.

Ekaterina Kilyusheva, head of research and analytics at Positive Technologies, commented: “In Q2,

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