Check Point Research (CPR), the Threat Intelligence arm of Check Point Software Technologies, has published its 2023 Security Report with three key findings.
The report says that hacktivism (hacking + activism), which means hacking for politically or socially motivated purposes, will increase in 2023. It says that as the boundaries between state-sponsored cyber operations and hacktivism become increasingly blurred, non-state affiliated hacktivist groups have become more organised and effective than ever before.
Ransomware extortion is also said to rise in the year and hackers will focus on data wiping and exfiltration detection. “Ransomware operations are becoming more challenging to attribute and track, and existing protection mechanisms that are based on detecting encryption activity may become less effective,” the report added.
There will be an increased attack on cloud-based networks, the security company said in its report.
“There is no doubt we will see an increase in the volume of attacks over the next twelve months. Cloud migration has created a wider attack surface for cybercriminals, and the legitimate tools we all use will be further manipulated by cybercriminals. This has already been demonstrated in the case of ChatGPT, with Russian cybercriminals trying to bypass OpenAI’s API restrictions and gain access to the chatbot for malicious reasons,” said Maya Horowitz, VP Research at Check Point Software.
Cyberattacks in 2022 reached an all-time high
CPR says that 2022 saw cyberattacks reach an all-time high in response to the Russo-Ukrainian war. Education and Research remain the most targeted sector, but attacks on the healthcare sector registered a 74% increase year-on-year.
According to the report, cyberattacks rose by 38% in 2022 compared to the previous year, with an average of 1,168 weekly attacks per organisation that were recorded.