Cyber-Spike: Orgs Suffer 925 Attacks per Week, an All-Time High

Cyberattacks increased 50 percent YoY in 2021 and peaked in December due to a frenzy of Log4j exploits, researchers found.

2021 dragged itself to a close under a Log4Shell-induced blitzkrieg. With millions of Log4j-targeted attacks clocking in per hour since the flaw’s discovery last month, there’s been a record-breaking peak of 925 cyberattacks a week per organization, globally.

The number comes out of a Monday report from Check Point Research (CPR), which found Log4Shell attacks to be a major contributor to a 50-percent increase year-over-year in overall attacks per week on corporate networks for 2021.

That said, the year had already been on track to break records even before the easily exploited Log4Shell vulnerabilities in the ubiquitous Java logging library Apache Log4j cropped up, allowing unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE) and complete server takeover — and leading to in-the-wild exploitation within mere hours.

Source: CPR.

CPR had reported a 40 percent increase as of October, with earlier numbers showing that one out of every 61 organizations worldwide had been hit by ransomware each week.

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