How Many Cyber Attacks Happen Per Day in 2022?

The latest shocking statistics on cybersecurity are astonishing. The geopolitical landscape shifted substantially between East and West and today, state actors along with non-state criminals engage in a range of cyber crime. The problem is acute as the internet is a crucial part of our everyday lives and with cloud based applications becoming more and more popular, criminals are always looking for new ways to extort businesses and individuals alike.

Many companies including Horizon Actuarial Services LLC, Texas Department of Insurance and others have had to deal with data breaches this year, yet many businesses still have not put proper cyber security measures in place.

How Many Hacking Attempts are Made Each Day?

Data has shown that more than 30 000 websites are successfully hacked worldwide per day, but many more attempts are made..

Hackers and data miners have one objective in mind and that is to make money. Some of the most protected institutions in the world such as government agencies and billion dollar tech companies are not even safe.

The NSA data center in Utah reportedly has 300 million hacking attempts per day. The NSA has systems in place that is able to track the number of cyber attacks it receives, but most other businesses don’t. It is therefore almost impossible to get a definitive figure on all the hacking attempts made daily.

Below are some cyber security statistics that are extremely worrying.

 

  • There are approximately 300 000 malware programs created daily. That is more than 2 million malware programs per week specifically designed to disrupt or penetrate digital systems.
  • Botnets are responsible for about 31% of all cyber attacks. They are a popular choice of weapon for cyber criminals as 30 000 botnets can generate around $26 000 per month.
  • The most targeted sector is education and research followed by government and intelligence agencies.
  • The file type .exe is still the most malicious and accounts for 52% of all infected files. Coming in second are .pdf files followed by .doc files in third place.
  • The most popular method of attack is through email, accounting for 84% of all attacks.
  • In a study done by Positive Technologies, it shows that hackers can access around 93% of companies’ networks. It takes around two days to gain access to a company’s internal network.
  • Only 14% of all small businesses are able to defend themselves against attack, however almost 43% of all cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses.
  • There is a ransomware attack every 11 seconds.
  • The average cost of a data breach in 2021 was almost $4,5 million.
  • In 2018, more than 60 million Facebook accounts were compromised.

Types of Attacks Everyone Should be Aware of

The rise in cyber attacks means that every individual and business entity should know how and where the attacks are most likely to come from. The type of cyber attacks you should look out for are:

 

  • Malware – Malicious software in the form of a file or a code that can infect a system and carry out any action the hacker intended. Some functions are bringing down a system, providing unauthorized access and stealing confidential information.
  • Phishing scams – A social engineering attack where false messages, usually emails, are sent in order to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information.
  • Password attacks – Hackers usually use specifically designed programs to try and crack a password. This then gives them access to an account.
  • Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) – When a hacker intercepts communication between two parties, usually over an unsecure wi-fi network or website.
  • Structured Query Language (SQL) Injection – A hacker manipulates an SQL query on websites that are mostly data drivers giving them access to the information and the ability to make changes.
  • Denial of service – This attack will target companies and exhaust their bandwidth by flooding their servers with incoming requests. Systems will become slow or have to shut down which leaves actual service requests unattended to.
  • Insider threat – An insider is an individual within the business who will often sell their knowledge of sensitive information to hackers. Insider threats are often the ones who can cause the most damage to a business.
  • Watering hole – Attackers will monitor websites frequented by a group of people from the same business entity and infect the website with malware. Once the victim’s system is infected, the hacker will often be able to take remote control of the system.

How to Prevent Cyber Attacks

Keeping information and data 100% safe is nearly impossible, but hackers are more likely to target institutions that are easily accessible. Here are some ways of increasing cyber security to try and prevent successful cyber attacks.

Use strong passwords

Ideally a password should consist of two random words, numbers and special characters. Passwords should never be duplicated and should be updated around every three months.

 

Keep software up to date

Technology and software companies are continuously looking at ways to improve not only the performance of their software, but also the security. It is crucial to keep all software applications up to date with the latest updates to reduce the risk of security breaches.

Keep social media private

Many cyber criminals will search through social media profiles for any personal information that may be used for passwords. This can include a maiden name, pets name or even names of children. It is best practice to keep personal information private.

Use a VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) establishes a secure and encrypted connection between a device and the internet. This allows for data to remain private and secure.

Knowledge is power

Even when cybersecurity is up to standard there is no solution for human error. The best way to prevent this is through education. Users must be trained on the possible threats to look out for as well as how to act when a threat is suspected. 

Final Thoughts

The best way to keep safe from cyber criminals and attacks is through prevention. Attackers are always looking at new ways to try and gain access to systems and data. Individuals and businesses must stay up to date with the latest cyber security methods and technologies. 

Hackers do not only target large corporate entities or government institutions, but also small businesses and individuals. This is due to the fact that many smaller entities have not invested in adequate cyber security measures which makes it easier for hackers to access their systems.

Limiting the amount of personal information that is shared online is key to ensure private details can’t be used for social engineering attacks.

It is important to inform the federal, state and local authorities if a cyber attack is suspected. 

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