Increase in cyber attacks during the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Η Check Point Research (CPR) publishes an update on cyber-attack trends during the current Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

Last week, both Russia and Ukraine saw increases in cyber attacks by 10% and 17% respectively. CPR has also seen a 16% increase in cyber attacks worldwide during the current conflict and is sharing cyber attack data for countries, NATO regions and more. CPR believes that hackers are seeking to take advantage of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in every way.

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  • In Europe, the average weekly attack per organism last week was 18% higher than before the conflict began
  • At APAC, average weekly attacks per organization last week were 16% higher than before the conflict began
  • In North America, the average weekly attacks per organism last week was 14% higher than before the conflict began
  • In Israel, the average weekly attack per agency last week was 14% higher than before the conflict began, mainly in government / military sectors.

Check Point Research (CPR) continues to see an increase in the number of cyber attacks in both Russia and Ukraine. In Ukraine last week, the average weekly attacks per organism was 1697, 39% higher than before the conflict and 17% from the previous week. In Russia last week, the average weekly attack per organism was 1550, 22% higher than before the conflict began and 10% higher than the previous week.

Cyber ​​attacks worldwide

CPR also monitors cyber attacks around the world amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. Globally, the average weekly attacks per organism last week were 1290, 16% higher than before the conflict and 2% lower than the previous week. Throughout the period of the conflict so far, the average weekly attack rate increased by 9% compared to the previous period.

Cyber ​​attacks per area

  • In Africa, the average weekly attack per organism last week was 2169, 7% higher than before the conflict started and 1% higher than the previous week. During the conflict, the average weekly attack rate increased by 2% compared to the pre-conflict period.
  • In APAC, the average weekly attack per organism last week was 1803, 16% higher than before the conflict began and 2% higher than the previous week. During the conflict, the average weekly attack rate increased by 7% compared to the pre-conflict period.
  • In Europe, the average weekly attack per organism last week was 1101, 18% higher than before the conflict and 5% lower than the previous week. During the conflict, the average weekly attack rate increased by 10% compared to the pre-conflict period.
  • In Latin America, the average weekly attacks per organism last week was 1773, 13% higher than before the conflict and 6% lower than the previous week. During the conflict, the average weekly attack rate increased by 9% compared to the pre-conflict period.
  • In North America, the average weekly attack per organism last week was 957, 14% higher than before the conflict and 5% lower than the previous week. During the conflict, the average weekly attack rate increased by 10% compared to the pre-conflict period.
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Cyber ​​attacks on NATO countries

Country Change Last week vs. before the conflict Change All the war weeks (avg.) Vs. before the conflict Change last week vs. week before
Czechia 46% 30% 1%
United Kingdom 29% 18% -3%
Denmark 28% 18% -8%
France 21% 14% -6%
Belgium 17% 11% -16%
Canada 16% 10% -2%
Portugal 16% 9% -4%
Germany 12% 9% -11%
United States 12% 10% -5%
Netherlands 10% 6% -2%
norway 10% 3% -3%
Italy 7% 5% -6%
Greece 5% 12% -10%
Spain 5% 0% -5%
poland 2% 2% -6%

 

Comment by Omer Dembinsky, Data Group Manager at Check Point Software:

Cyber-attacks on both sides, Russia and Ukraine, continue to escalate throughout the conflict. Last week, cyber attacks increased by 10% and 17% respectively, compared to the previous week. Hackers seem to be stepping up their efforts to take advantage of the conflict. The trend is visible not only in the two countries involved, but worldwide.

Globally, we see the average weekly attack per organism last week 16% higher than before the conflict began. I believe that hackers seek to exploit this major issue and interest in the conflict as best they can, as they try to target organizations that cover both the public, perhaps an NGO, non-profit or government entity, and the private sector. CPR will continue to monitor cyber-attacks in the coming weeks as they relate to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Appendix: Cyber-attacks by country

Country Change Last week vs. before the conflict Change All the war weeks (avg.) Vs. before the conflict Change last week vs. week before
United States 12% 10% -5%
Germany 12% 9% -11%
United Kingdom 29% 18% -3%
India 8% 5% 0%
Italy 7% 5% -6%
Russia 22% 6% 10%
France 21% 14% -6%
Brazil 21% 15% -8%
Canada 16% 10% -2%
Netherlands 10% 6% -2%
China 14% 8% -2%
Israel 14% 11% -4%
Australia 23% 16% -3%
Turkey 32% 21% -3%
Spain 5% 0% -5%
Mexico 9% 12% -12%
Portugal 16% 9% -4%
Belgium 17% 11% -16%
Switzerland 6% 6% -5%
Singapore 11% 2% 4%
Sweden 12% 8% -9%
Taiwan 22% 11% 0%
Austria 7% 3% -11%
norway 10% 3% -3%
Hong Kong 11% 3% 5%
ireland 32% 14% 3%
poland 2% 2% -6%
Czechia 46% 30% 1%
South Africa 12% 6% 3%
Japan 26% 3% 13%
Greece 5% 12% -10%
Thailand, 28% 15% 4%
Vietnam, 6% -1% 3%
Indonesia 6% 2% 2%
Denmark 28% 18% -8%
Colombia -15% -5% 0%
Philippines 26% 15% 0%
Republic of Korea 31% 14% 6%
Ecuador 25% 16% -2%
United Arab Emirates -7% -11% -4%
Finland 26% 16% -5%
New Zealand 38% 19% -4%
Malaysia 27% 10% 11%
Argentina 19% 8% -3%
Romania 55% 28% 19%
Panama 29% 13% 12%
Hungary 15% 9% 1%
Croatia -23% -15% -14%
Kenya 12% 6% -2%
Peru 17% 8% -1%
Chile -5% -14% -8%
Sri Lanka 7% 3% 11%
Ukraine 39% 19% 17%
Kazakhstan 118% 115% -13%
Slovenia -4% 1% -10%
Serbia 17% 6% -3%
Cyprus 75% 44% -1%
Slovakia 71% 37% 11%
Costa Rica -3% 3% -18%
Saudi Arabia 40% 21% 10%
latvia -8% -10% -17%
Bulgaria 19% 13% 5%
Guatemala 13% 7% -1%
Luxembourg 87% 69% -4%
Belarus 46% 28% 2%
Nigeria 3% -1% -2%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 69% 40% 22%
Dominican Republic -30% -33% -7%
Mongolia 44% 25% 16%
Uruguay -2% 14% -30%
Malta 44% 28% 7%
Estonia 44% 25% 27%
Kuwait 6% -2% -4%
Republic of Lithuania 44% 39% -10%
Bolivia 36% 11% 6%
Macau 13% 4% 4%
morocco 0% 0% -6%
Georgia 39% 31% 1%
Trinidad and Tobago 8% 11% -15%
Angola 33% 15% 7%
Nicaragua -5% -8% -5%
El Salvador -4% 10% -11%
Macedonia 31% 20% 3%
Jamaica 106% 55% 1%
Nepal, 20% 5% -2%
Qatar 74% 43% 6%
Egypt 24% 30% -20%
Paraguay 6% 6% 5%
Uganda 8% 11% -4%
Bahrain 11% 10% 12%
Namibia 64% 21% 15%
Honduras 19% 22% -7%
Zambia 2% -7% 12%
Bermuda 42% 27% 8%
Cambodia -23% -28% 11%
Myanmar [Burma] 0% -7% 17%
Montenegro -8% 37% -41%
Mauritius -83% -70% 22%
Venezuela -33% -36% 3%
Bhutan -27% -28% 9%
Republic of Moldova -2% 3% -11%
Oman 37% 37% -7%

 

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