Covid-19 may have been rightly hogging the global headlines so far in 2020, but while global lockdown may have been good news for online businesses and those able to work from home, that invariably means it has also been a lucrative period for cyber criminals.
Unfortunately, cybercrime spikes in periods of uncertainty and vulnerability. Cybercrime is defined as a criminal activity that either targets or uses a computer, a computer network or a networked device. Most, but not all, cybercrime is committed by cybercriminals or hackers who want to make money or access your clients’ information. These attacks are often devastating to your business and your clients, and frequently cause an interruption or halt in your cash flow.
According to FinTech news, recent coronavirus cyberattack statistics are as follows:
- Coronavirus blamed for 238% rise in attacks on banks
- 80% of firms have seen an increase in attempted cyberattacks
- 27% of attacks target banks or healthcare
- Cloud based attacks rose 630% between January and April 2020
- Phishing attempts rose 600% since end of February
- Apple accounted for 10% of branded phishing attempts in Q1 2020
- Ransomware attacks rose 148% in March
- 394,000 unique IP addresses attacked firms in Q1
- Attacks targeting home workers rose five-fold in six weeks since lockdown
- Attacks were up 30% in Q1 2020 on businesses
- 5% of coronavirus-related domains deemed suspicious
- Visits to hacker websites and forums rose 66% in March
- Average ransomware payment rose 33%, compared to Q4 2019
- EventBot, identified in March, has targeted 200 banking and money transfer apps
Luckily, there are a variety of ways we can help you prevent attacks on your information and business. Call us today to secure your network and gain peace of mind!