META region at risk of increased cybercrime activity

META region at risk of increased cybercrime activity

The META region will remain a target for increased cybercriminal activity, according to the experts at Kaspersky.

Data collected from the Kaspersky Security network shows that between January and September 2022, every third user in the META region was affected by both online and offline threats. Additionally, Kaspersky reported that 2022 saw an increase in the number of persistent and sophisticated attacks across the region.

Andrey Suvorov, Head of KasperskyOS Business Unit, said: “The number of devices connected to the Internet continues to grow exponentially, and with it, cybercriminal interest.

“Given the activity our experts have witnessed this year while tracking more than 900 APT groups and campaigns, 2023 is only going to be more challenging to navigate from a cybersecurity point of view. Cyberthreats can cause physical damage, for instance, to industrial plants, energy facilities, cars or smart city systems and so to ensure effective protection we strongly believe in the concept of Cyber Immunity”.

Kaspersky researchers predict that the likelihood is high for the next impactful cyber epidemic happening this year. This is based on the fact that the most sophisticated threat actors in the world are likely to possess at least one suitable exploit, plus current global tensions are greatly increasing the chances of such an attack.

Kaspersky expects the emergence of destructive attacks, will affect the government sector and key industries. Plus it is likely that a portion of them will not be easily traceable to cyberattacks and will look like random accidents.