According to Check Point, the most cyber attacks on Poland were carried out from the Netherlands

Although, according to Check Point statistics, computer users in our country are more secure than from Germany, France, Norway or Switzerland, cyber security experts warn, however, that from month to month the threat from the hacker e-raid mechanism increases. ransomware.

The September data on hackers activity in the world indicate that the safest country in Europe and the world was Lithuania, which obtained the index 33.1. This means that only three out of ten attacks were effective. The next positions were Dominican Republic, Moldova (40.8) and Belarus (46.4). The most dangerous countries in terms of cybercrime attacks include Bostwana (index 100) and Uganda (95,3). In Europe, these are Macedonia (94.8) and Georgia (93.7).

Statistics for Poland

Once again, Poland has been in the forefront of the safest countries. According to the Check Point analysis, we were ranked 7th among the countries with the lowest level of hacker effectiveness (with a score of 54.4). These results can be interpreted in a different way: companies in our country were not an attractive target for attack or these attacks were unprofitable.

Computers from Polish companies turned out to be less vulnerable than machines from Germany (55.1), France (55.3) or Switzerland (59.9). Based on ThreatCloud data, the most attacks on Poland were conducted from the Netherlands, while for more than 1/3 of the causes of contagions, access to uncontrolled malicious resources (infected documents, e-mails, etc.) is responsible. Kamil Kaczyński from the Institute of Mathematics and Cryptology, Faculty of Cybernetics of the Military University of Technology explains that advanced systems of device encryption are rarely used in companies and administration. Meanwhile, there are available on the market, including Polish encryption solutions using the HVKM mechanism (Hybrid Virtual Key Management), which exclude the storage of data on external companies' servers in an open manner. This is used by hackers from abroad.

The type of attacks on Polish computers deserves attention. Locky, the most popular e-ransom mechanism in the world, was among the 3 most widespread malware programs, accounting for 6% of all detected attacks. In the world, Locky gives way only to Conficker, responsible for 14% of attacks and Sality - 6%.

Poland is also severely affected by ransomware. Over the past few months, their number has dynamically increased to 10% of all cyberattack incidents reported. Interestingly, in our country, the most popular type of Ransomware is Cryptowall, which is definitely more commonly used by hackers than Locky.

Growth of ransomware in Poland in the last 6 months (data: Check Point)

According to Omer Dembinsky, chief data analyst at Check Point, between April and June, on average, less than one ransomware attack on a Polish company per month was recorded. In July and August, they were on average three attacks, while in September the number of incidents increased dramatically, exceeding 12 attacks per organization in the month.

The continuous increase in the universality of ransomware clearly indicates the effectiveness of this type of activity. Companies often decide to pay ransom to hackers, fearing the loss of important data. This makes the entire business attractive and lucrative.

According to PwC, the average loss of one company due to cyber attacks is about 2.7 million dollars, and the total cost of cybercrime for the global economy is from 375 billion to 575 billion dollars. Costs in Poland are slightly smaller and amount to around 100-300 thousand. dollars.

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