Are hacking groups advancing in their conspiracies?

Hacking groups are becoming bolder in their hacking attempts with the number of organizations targeted by them rising to almost a third.

In fact, Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat Report reveals that organizations targeted by the most active hacking groups increased from 42 between 2015 and 2017 to almost 55 in 2018.

The report also shows that the 20 most prominent hacking groups are targeting more organizations as the attackers gain confidence in their activities. In fact, groups such as Chafer, DragonFly, Gallmaker, and others are advancing their skills and targeting more companies than ever.
On average, nearly "4,800 websites are compromised with formjacking code every month.",
And now that they have become proficient in their activities, they don’t require much time to carry out attacks and are already equipped with tried-and-tested techniques for their malicious activities.

On the other hand, organizations are facing difficulty when it comes to pinpointing these activities. Since hackers have become so efficient with their planning, they make the attacks appear similar to traditional enterprise activity.
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Symantec also reports that in most cases, the attacks are deployed using everyday enterprise tools that help them access confidential areas of the networks and make the campaign difficult to notice.

Moreover, hackers have expanded their network and conducting attacks on various organizations. Previously, utilities, government sectors, and financial organizations were the main targets of hackers. However, as they advance in their conspiracies, the cyber-criminals are moving towards every sector unimaginable including hotels and universities.

Since it is unlikely that the cybercrime will stop anytime soon – the officials are particularly concerned as the attacks can cause major disruption in the future.

Take a look at this infographic from more insights:

Formjacking attacks are simple and lucrative: cyber criminals load malicious code onto retailers’ websites to steal shoppers’ credit card details, with 4,800+ unique websites compromised on average every month.

Key Stats from above Visual:

One in ten URLs on internet are malicious.

48 percent of malicious email attachments are office files, up from 5 percent in 2017.

Mobile ransomware grew 33 percent.

Beware Internet Users: The most advanced hacking groups are getting more ambitious
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