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Acronis dubs 2021 ‘year of extortion’ with cyberattacks predicted to rise next year

Ng Qi Siang
Ng Qi Siang12/2/2020 02:42 PM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Acronis dubs 2021 ‘year of extortion’ with cyberattacks predicted to rise next year
2020 was a tough year for cybersecurity, but 2021 is shaping up to be tougher still.
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Despite positive Covid-19 vaccine trials heralding a light at the end of the tunnel for the Covid-19 pandemic, the cybersecurity pandemic continues unabated. In its 2020 Cyberthreats Report, global cyber protection leader Acronis sees the new year bringing aggressive cybercrime activity as criminals switch attacks from data encryption to data exfiltration.

The report drew on data collected by a global network of Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers (CPOCs), which monitor and research cyberthreats around the clock. Acronis also collected Malware data from more than 100,000 unique endpoints worldwide running Acronis Cyber Protect.

The report reflected that cyberattack frequency grew with the onset of Covid-19. Acronis’ report found that 31% of global companies faced daily cyberattacks in 2020, with this number set to increase in 2021. Ransomware continues to be the leading threat, with Maze ransomware accounting for nearly half of all known cases in 2020.

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