HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 15 September 2021 - Global cybersecurity leader
Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO:
4704; TSE: 4704) announced today that it
blocked 40.9 billion email threats, malicious files, and malicious URLs for
customers in the first half of 2021, a 47% year-on-year increase.
read the full report "Attacks from All Angles: 2021 Midyear Security Roundup":
remained the standout threat in the first half of the year as cyber criminals
continued to target big-name victims. Working with third parties to gain access
to targeted networks, they used Advanced Persistent Threat tools and techniques
to steal and encrypt victims' data.
banking industry was disproportionately affected, experiencing a 1,318%
year-on-year increase in ransomware attacks in the first half of 2021.
was a major threat to global organizations in the first half of 2021, but it
was not the only one. Trend Micro's report also reveals:
- Business email compromise
(BEC) attacks increased by 4%, potentially as a result of new COVID-19
opportunities for threat actors.
- Cryptocurrency miners
became the most detected malware, having surged ahead of WannaCry and web
shells in recent months.
- The Zero Day Initiative
detected 770 vulnerabilities, a slight (2%) drop from 1H 2020.
- A total of 164 malicious
apps related to COVID-19 scams were detected, 54% of which impersonated TikTok.
first step towards effectively mitigating cyber risk is understanding the
scale, complexity, and specific characteristics of the threat landscape," said Tony
Lee, Head of Consulting at Trend Micro Hong Kong and Macau. "In addition to
comprehensive protection against fast-evolving threats like ransomware,
phishing and BEC that Trend Micro offers, our biannual roundup reports provide
global organizations and stakeholders invaluable insights to help them build a
more secure connected world."
The report's overall
findings highlight the effectiveness of – and increasing need for – a
holistic and scalable cybersecurity solution at the enterprise level. As
threats continue to increase in frequency and sophistication, enterprise SOC
teams will require a platform that can streamline security processes without