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Global cyberattacks increased by 38% in 2022, Canada witnessed only 20% increase

Global cyberattacks increased by 38% in 2022, Canada witnessed only 20% increase

Recent data published by Check Point Software, an IT security company, indicates that global cyberattacks increased by 38 per cent in 2022 compared to the previous year, with North America seeing 52 per cent rise.

Canada, however, apparently only saw a 20 per cent increase in cyberattacks, according to a company news release.

According to the report, these cyberattack figures were driven by smaller and agile hacker and ransomware gangs who focused on exploiting collaboration tools used in work-from-home environments.

Key Statistics:

  • Global volume of cyber attacks reached an all-time high in Q4 with an average of 1168 weekly attacks per organisation
  • Top 3 most attacked industries in 2022 were Education/Research, Government and Healthcare
  • Geography of Africa experienced the highest volume of attacks with 1875 weekly attacks per organisation, followed by APAC with 1691 weekly attacks per organisation
  • North America (+52%), Latin America (+29%) and Europe (+26%) showed largest increases in cyber attacks in 2022, compared to 2021
  • USA saw a 57% increase in overall cyber attacks in 2022, UK saw a 77% increase and Singapore saw a 26% increase

It found that, globally, education/research, government/military and health care were the top three most targeted industries in 2022.

Education/research experienced an average of 2,314 attacks per organization every week, an increase of 43 per cent from the previous year.

Government/military organizations were attacked an average of 1,661 times weekly, an increase of 46 per cent. Health care organizations endured an average of 1,463 attacks weekly, an increase of 74 per cent.

The healthcare sector is so lucrative to hackers as they aim to retrieve health insurance information, medical records numbers and, sometimes, even social security numbers with direct threats from ransomware gangs to patients, demanding payment under threats of having patient records released. Ransomware gangs also find the attention gained from attacking a hospital as an attractive plus-point for their notoriety.

The report also warns that cyberattack activity may increase with the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT, which could potentially make it possible for hackers to generate malicious code and emails at a faster, more automated pace. ChatGPT is an AI app designed to mimic human-like speech.

To minimize the risk of cyberattacks the report suggests:

  • Do not click on malicious links
  • Never open unexpected or untrusted attachments
  • Avoid revealing personal or sensitive data
  • Verify software legitimacy before downloading it
  • Never plug an unknown USB device into your computer
  • Use a VPN when connecting via untrusted or public Wi-Fi
  • Keep computers and servers up to date with the latest security patches, especially those labeled as critical
  • Keep your software updated, as some older versions may have vulnerabilities

Part of the article was reported by CTV News.