There Was A 55,239% Increase In Ransomware Activity In Q2: Nuspire

Nuspire today announced the release of its 2021 Q2 Quarterly Threat Landscape Report. Sourced from 90 billion traffic logs, the report outlines new cybercriminal activity and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) with additional insight from its threat intelligence partner, Recorded Future

In a recent Forrester podcast, security analysts discuss ransomware attacks becoming more common and more damaging. “Critical infrastructure organizations like hospitals or energy providers are more lucrative targets for attackers because the impact of their shutdown is more immediate and could threaten lives, forcing victims to pay the ransom quickly.”

In Q2 2021, Nuspire security experts witnessed a 55,239% increase in ransomware activity just a few weeks prior to the Colonial Pipeline Ransomware attack conducted by DarkSide Ransomware group. The reason for the increase is not known and it may not be related to Colonial Pipeline, but one can speculate that the increase could be from the same campaign with Colonial Pipeline.

 Additional notable findings from Nuspire’s 2021 Q2 Threat Landscape Report include:

  • Malware activity up 41.84% and continues to be driven by VBA Agent Activity and a new addition of JS/Valkyr activity
  • Botnet activity down -50% from Q1, which is likely a result from the impact of Emotet being removed from the space
  • -51% decrease in exploit activity from Q1, but beginning to trend back up into Q3 as well as a large increase in SSH Bruteforce activity that has not been seen before

I spoke to the folks at Nuspire about this and they do these reports to highlight to customers what’s out there and how best to avoid becoming the next victim. In terms of the latter, it really comes down to a handful of things that might sound familiar to you:

  • Educate all users, often
  • Take a layered approach to security
  • Up your game when it comes to malware protection
  • Segregate higher-risk devices from your internal network
  • Patch all the things

Learn more about protecting your organization from increasing cyber threats and download Nuspire’s 2021 Q2 Threat Landscape Report. There’s a live webinar planned to discuss these results on the 14th of September which you can sign up for here.

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