Ransomware has “eclipsed” most other global cybercrime threats over the past 12 months, with critical infrastructure (CNI) particularly vulnerable and urgent work needed to combat social engineering, according to Europol.
The regional police network claimed in its 2017 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment(IOCTA) that the first half of 2017 saw ransomware fired out on an unprecedented scale, with WannaCry and NotPetya indiscriminately infecting those with poor digital hygiene.
“The extent of this threat becomes more apparent when considering attacks on critical infrastructure. Previous reports have focused on worst-case scenarios, such as attacks on systems in power plants and heavy industry,” the report continued.
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