Cyber blackmailers are increasingly targeting potentially wealthy victims. According to a recent study by Accenture, around 54 percent of all ransomware victims in the first half of 2021 were companies with annual sales between one and 9.9 billion dollars.
Overall, the attacks on companies increased. Compared to the previous year, the number of cyber break-ins increased by 125 percent worldwide. Accenture blames the growth primarily on web shell activities, ransomware attacks and attacks on the supply chain.
While the USA, as usual, topped the list of the most frequently attacked countries (share 36 percent), Great Britain with 24 percent and Australia with 11 percent were not far behind. Among Accenture’s customers, consumer goods and services companies were the hardest hit by attacks, followed by organizations in manufacturing, banking and hospitality.
Robert Boyce, who leads Accenture’s Cyber Investigations, Forensics & Response worldwide, said companies only protect their core systems, leaving them vulnerable to attacks from third parties and other supply chains of which they are a part. Every subsidiary or branch would also need to be protected.