The European Union Agency for cybersecurity (ENISA) published its 8th annual ENISA Threat Landscape (ETL) 2020 report, identifying and evaluating the top cyber threats for the period January 2019-April 2020.
According to the report, the top 15 cyber threats are of a technical nature, and include findings, major incidents, statistics and more. The threat reports are the following:
- Web-based Attacks
- Web Application Attacks
- Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
- Identity Theft
- Data Breach
- Insider Threat
- Physical Manipulation, Damage, Theft and Loss
- Information Leakage
- Cyber Espionage
It is highlighted that a new normal is coming after the COVID-19 pandemic, that is even more dependent on a secure and reliable cyberspace.
In addition, the report notes that the number of cyberbullying and sextortion incidents also increased with the COVID-19 pandemic. The adoption of mobile technology and subscription to digital platforms makes younger generations more vulnerable to these types of threats.
Phishing increased during the pandemic, while the EU continues to grow with malicious actors using the COVID-19 theme to lure them in.
COVID-19-themed attacks include messages carrying malicious file attachments and messages containing malicious links that redirect users to phishing sites or malware downloads.
The report warns that there is a long road ahead to reach a more secure digital environment, mostly due to the weakening of existing cybersecurity measures through changes in working and infrastructure patterns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This global phenomenon has led to a surge in cyber criminals’ personalised cyber attacks, using more advanced methods and techniques.
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