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3 Million YoY Increase in Cyber Attacks Noted in Q1 2022

Cyber attacks target all manner of enterprises both large and small, but it’s the smaller businesses that usually suffer the most. Small businesses often find cyber attacks to be catastrophic because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making them suffer terrible losses, so the recent increase in cyber attacks is a major cause for alarm. This increase can be seen in the new report that Kaspersky just put out which talks about how bad Q1 was at great length.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this report showed a 3 million increase year on year in the first quarter of 2022 as compared to the first quarter of 2021. Trojans designed to steal passwords increased by a third, going from around three million to four million in the span of a year. That makes it one of the biggest contributors to the overall increase in internet attacks over the past year which went from 32.5 million in 2021 to 35.4 million in 2022.

This only refers to the number of attacks in the first quarter, so we might see nearly 150 million attacks before the year is out. The US is actually seeing some unique upticks, such as in remote desktop hacks which saw a decrease globally but went up slightly in the US from 47.5 million to 51 million in the same time frame with all things having been considered and taken into account.

One might think that this is a sign that cyber criminals are getting smarter, but in spite of the fact that this is the case their success is usually thanks to small businesses failing to recognize the importance of adequate cyber security. They often leave holes in their security systems which makes it too easy for a malicious actor to gain entry, and if cyber security is given its due diligence we might see a marked decline in the total number of cyber based attacks that occur all around the world.

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