Researchers at Carbon Black found a 148% increase in ransomware attacks from February to March this year. The spikes in attacks correlate to key days in the COVID-19 news cycle. This suggests that “attackers are being nefariously opportunistic and leverage breaking news to take advantage of vulnerable populations.” Financial organizations were disproportionately targeted with business services, manufacturing, government, electronics, and software companies rounding out the list of top targets.
In related security news, the FortiGuard Labs team reports it is seeing an average of about 600 new phishing campaigns per day. This is coupled with a 131% year-over-year increase in viruses in March. Particularly interesting to the firm is a reduction in the use of botnets and IPS-based triggers which the firm suggests is due to cyber criminals changing their attack strategies to best profit from the current situation.