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BlackBerry Annual Threat Report highlights emerging attack trends

BlackBerry Limited has released the 2022 BlackBerry Annual Threat Report, which uncovers cyber breadcrumbs from some of last year’s most notorious ransomware attacks, suggesting that some of the biggest culprits may have simply been outsourced labour.

Key findings of the 2022 BlackBerry Annual Threat Report include:

  • 2021’s biggest attacks may have been outsourced: in multiple incidents BlackBerry identified threat actors leaving behind playbook text files containing IP addresses and more, suggesting the authors of ransomware are not the ones carrying out attacks. This highlights the growing shared economy within the cyber underground.
  • Small businesses are an increasing focus of attack: small businesses will continue to be a central focus for cybercriminals, with SMBs facing upward of 11 cyber threats per device per day. This is expected to accelerate as cyber criminals increasingly adopt collaborative mindsets.
  • Public cloud platforms are unwittingly hosting malware: an increasing number of payloads are being housed in public cloud platforms. The majority of these payloads are highly malleable, meaning they can be cheaply customised. This trend was especially prevalent in North America, where local hosting of vicious payloads including Cobalt Strike surged. 
  • What’s old is new – with a twist: the proliferation of digital channels has brought old tactics – such as phishing and watering hole attacks – back into the mainstream, primarily because of their ability to scale. This suggests these tactics will continue to see relevance as digital innovations like the metaverse and increased AR solutions come to market.

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