Threat researchers at Positive Technologies analyzed the Q3 2021 cybersecurity threat landscape and discovered some interesting trends. According to Positive Technologies, the number of attacks in Q3 decreased by 4.8%, marking the first negative trend they have seen since 2018. They noted that ransomware attacks peaked in April of 2021 then saw a steady decrease as the year went on. The threat researchers attribute this decline to several major ransomware gangs going offline. The report noted that although attacks decreased, the use of remote access trojans increased. Although several major ransomware groups have disappeared late in the year, it is very possible they will rebrand and emerge as a new group in the first quarter of 2022. Additionally, major ransomware groups are using affiliates to carry out their attacks, making their reach far greater than before.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased