Cybercrime has evolved, making it harder for defenders to protect against, detect and stop attacks from entering their networks. As the pace of cyberattacks continues to increase — and the ways threat actors breach and infiltrate systems continue to become more targeted and evasive — our future will increasingly belong to the proactive.
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2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report
Over the past 12 months, SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers have diligently tracked the meteoric rise in cyberattacks, as well as trends and activity across all threat vectors, including:
Zero-day attacks and more
These exclusive findings are now available via the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, which ensures SMBs, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations have the actionable threat intelligence needed to combat the rising tide of cybercrime.
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Total malware dipped just 4% in 2021, a turn from the 22% mid-year decline.
Malware was slightly down again in 2021, marking both a third-straight year of decrease as well as a seven-year low. But while the overall trend is still positive, it’s going in the wrong direction.
An uptick in attacks during the second half of 2021 almost completely erased the 22% drop in malware that researchers had recorded at the midyear point, bringing the total decrease for 2021 to just 4% — less than a tenth of the 43% decrease logged in 2020.
Ransomware volume increased 105% year over year and is up 232% since 2019.
In 2021, SonicWall threat researchers recorded 623.3 million ransomware attacks globally — an average of 2,170 attempts per customer. This total marked a 105% increase over 2020 and more than triple the number seen in 2019.
The U.S. and the U.K., where attack volume jumped 98% and 227% respectively, suffered the brunt of the spike.
RTDMI™ discovered 442,151 never-before-seen variants in 2021, a 65% spike.
2021 was another banner year for SonicWall’s patented Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) technology. In Q4, RTDMI found more never-before-seen malware variants than in any quarter since its introduction in 2018.
A total of 442,151 never-before-seen malware variants were identified in 2021, a 65% increase year-over-year and an average of 1,211 per day.
Global volume rose 6% in 2021, totaling 60.1 million hits by year’s end.
IoT malware volume rose 6% in 2021, totaling 60.1 million hits by year’s end. While this isn’t good news, it’s at least better than it has been: In 2019and 2020, IoT malware volume rose 218% and 66%, respectively.
With no corresponding slowdown in the proliferation of connected devices, this suggests that attack volumes may be leveling off.
Volume reached 97.1 million in 2021, the most SonicWall has ever recorded.
Cryptojacking continued to surge last year, rising 19% globally to 97.1 million — the most attacks that SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers have ever recorded in a single year. This increase was reflected in every region except Asia, where attack volume dropped 37%
Malware sent via HTTPs increased 167% year-over-year.
Encrypted threats increased sharply in 2021, climbing to 10.1 million attacks — a 167% increase year-over-year. In August, the number of encrypted attacks broke the 1 million mark for the first time, then continued to rise, reaching nearly 2.5 million by year’s end.
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How we source our data
Intelligence for the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report was sourced from real-world data gathered by the SonicWall Capture Threat Network, which securely monitors and collects information from global devices including:
Countries & Territories
Malware Attacks Blocked Per Day
Malware Samples Collected Daily
2021 in Review
Australian broadcaster Channel Nine is hit by a cyber attack taking the channel temporarily off air
Colonial Pipeline shuts down due to ransomware attack
Chemical distribution company Brenntag pays a $4.4 million ransom in Bitcoin to the DarkSide ransomware gang
A Cognyte database of more than 5 billion records collected from a range of previous data incidents is exposed on the web without a password or any other authentication required to access it
Kaseya becomes the victim of a supply chain ransomware attack through leveraging a vulnerability in Kaseya's VSA software
Consulting giant Accenture is breached by ransomware threat actors
MediaMarkt falls victim to a ransomware demand of $240 million attributed to the Hive ransomware group