The year 2022 has seen several clothing brands claiming that they are victims of data blackmail. And if the practice would have slowed down compared to 2021, an increase in attacks observed since September raises fears of “a future intensification of these malicious activities”, indicates the National Agency for Information Systems Security (Anssi).
VSE, PMI and ETI (medium enterprises) in 2022 they represent around 40% of the cases reported to the authorities, against 23% of local authorities and 10% of health facilities. Figures to read with caution: a large number of structures seeing their data blocked until a ransom is paid, however choose not to report to the authorities for fear of triggering new attacks, and / or seeing the fallibility of their system exposed.
Little consolation: the number of ransomware is declining in France according to Anssi, with 831 confirmed intrusions reported in 2022, up from 1,082 a year earlier. A fall that “does not illustrate the general evolution of this cyber threat which remains at a high level by deporting itself to less protected entities” nevertheless hardens the organization in its annual report published on January 24, and freely accessible.
In 2022, fashion brands like Intersport, Damart, Jules Where is it Orchestra they have notably been victims of cyber attacks and ransom demands after a data theft. Camaïeu, EssilorLuxottica and Lise Charmel had already experienced similar incidents. And these are, again, just the brands that have made their situation known.
The invasion of Ukraine has reportedly been a factor in the apparent decline in ransomware attacks. Authorities believe that many hackers in Russia and Eastern Europe have redirected their attacks against the authorities of Western belligerents.
And faced with the investments of some countries such as the United States against cybercrime, many attacks would have been transferred to areas less involved in this field, and in particular in South America.
The ANSI, however, warns against a resurgence of attacks in recent months against French structures and encourages companies to respect “IT hygiene”, explains the agency. in a dedicated guide available on its portal.
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