Ransomware detections dropped by almost half, but the threat is only getting worse, says Trend Micro

Rather than indicating ransomware was a passing fad, the decrease in attack volume shows that attackers are starting to become more opportunistic and smarter about picking targets.

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Trend Micro has released a midyear cybersecurity report that makes two interesting claims: First, that ransomware numbers decreased by almost half in H1 2021 compared to H1 2020; and second, that the number of newly reported vulnerabilities decreased, with a particularly large dip in the number of critical flaws being reported. 

Don’t let that fool you into complacency: Unlike the 1H 2021 drop in COVID-themed phishing attacks that Trend Micro noticed, the dips mentioned above don’t indicate that anything has run its course; instead, it indicates changing tactics. 

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