Posted BY: Julio Rivera
2022 was another huge year for cyberattacks. Although the news cycle was filled with many consequential stories related to the Ukraine War, inflation, and other major events and issues that pushed the ongoing cyber wars off the front pages, the digital dangers that exist in the “cybersphere” only grew, as governments and the private sector scrambled to stay ahead of the next major hack or data breach.
These online methods of espionage, offensive digital warfare, and for-profit criminality, are a great danger because they can be used to disrupt or damage IT systems, compromise critical infrastructure networks, and commandeer sensitive data.
They are carried out primarily by ransomware gangs and government-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat groups (APTs), though the past several years have seen a sharp rise in the utilization of Ransomware-as-a-Service, which can make anyone willing to purchase malicious code on the dark web a hacker.
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Hacking attacks are particularly dangerous because they can originate from anywhere in the world and are very difficult to detect and stop. In addition, with the ever-increasing use of cloud computing and mobile devices, it is now easier and more convenient than ever for cybercriminals to gain access remotely to sensitive data.