Against a fall in the price of bitcoin, the number of attacks using ransomware has significantly decreased, experts from the American company SonicWall noted.
In the first half of 2022, researchers counted 236 million ransomware infection attempts. This is 23% less compared to the same period last year.
Speaking to The Block, SonicWall cited the price of bitcoin as an early indicator of the frequency of ransomware attacks. According to them, the increase in safety standards in companies and the activation of law enforcement agencies in this direction also contributed to the decrease in the indicator.
According to the report, the number of ransomware incidents peaked in 2021. Then the targets of the attackers were large companies like JBS Foods and Colonial Pipeline, which were forced to pay large amounts of bitcoin to the hackers.
According to researchers, attacks using hidden miners increasingly target the financial sector.
“Cryptojacking aimed at the retail segment has grown by 63% since the beginning of the year. During the same time, the number of attacks on the financial industry soared by 269%,” the report says.
SonicWall Vice President Terry Grieg-King noted that attacks using hidden miners are sometimes quite challenging to detect. According to him, many users do not even suspect that their devices’ slowdown is due to intruders’ actions.