UK, Germany and France among the countries most targeted by significant cyber attacks between 2006 and 2020 - Specops

The prevalence and severity of cyber attacks are increasing at an alarming rate every year. So much so, that statistics estimate cybercrime will cost the global economy a colossal $6 trillion per year by 2021.

The latest data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies indicates that North America has been victim to the most significant cyber attacks between May 2006 – June 2020. The equivalent of 11 very serious cyber attacks each year since 2006.

Significant cyber attacks are defined as cyber attacks on a country’s government agencies, defense and high-tech companies, or economic crimes with losses equating to more than a million dollars.

One of the most recent (May 2020) breaches aimed towards the US has been brought to light by the National Security Agency (NSA), which found that Russian hackers are exploiting a bug in a commonly used email server to infiltrate sensitive data from American organisations.

In second position is the United Kingdom. The UK has seen 47 cyber attacks categorised as significant since May 2006 to June 2020. One of the 47 incidents was the large-scale cyber attack deployed across the Labour Party’s digital platforms during the 2019 general election.

Meanwhile, Germany is in fourth spot, having faced 21 substantial cyber attacks during May 2006 – June 2020.

“No one can rest on their laurels when it comes to cyber security,” says Darren James, a cyber security experts from Specops Software. “This research highlights the frequency of cyber attacks which have devastatingly affected key political, social and economic institutions within different countries.”

”Whilst some countries have had to deal with more cyber attacks classified as significant than others, it’s an important reminder for those in notable positions of power the role they can play in providing the public sufficient and continual governance on what online best practices they can implement to prevent their IT estate from being exploited by opportunistic cyber criminals.”