Newly emerging hacker groups and more virus attacks targeting enterprises marked the third quarter of this year, according to a survey by GuidePoint Security. The study counted 1353 ransomware victims and 46 different threat groups worldwide in the period from early July to the end of August, a 15 percent increase from the previous quarter and an increase of 83 percent year-over-year.
According to GuidePoint Security's research, the third quarter of 2023 saw a continued rise in ransomware targeting businesses. The survey found a 15 percent increase in global ransomware activity since the second quarter due to an increased number of ransomware groups, including 10 emerging groups that were first detected this quarter.
In the third quarter, ransomware viruses caused damage to 1353 organisations, launched by 46 different threat groups. In 2023, a total of 3385 successful ransomware attacks were recorded in the period to the end of August, from 57 different hacking organisations, an increase of 83 percent year-on-year. The hardest hit industries were manufacturing and technology, followed only slightly behind by retail.
Despite a smaller increase in the number of threat actors, the number of enterprise-side victims of ransomware is increasing year on year. This suggests that hackers are becoming more efficient and many of them are gradually increasing their operational tempo. ViVeTech therefore provides its corporate customers with up-to-date market knowledge to help them build protection against attacks and prevent incoming damage.