OREANDA-NEWS  The vast majority of cybercriminals attacking Russia set themselves exclusively financial tasks. In the Threat Zone 2024 report prepared by Bi.Zone, it is clarified that 76 percent of intruders are interested in money.

"Cybercriminals with financial motivation vary significantly in their level of training: among them there are both experienced, with deep technical knowledge, and criminals with a low level of training who rely mainly on easy-to-use commercial malicious software. The earlier trend towards lowering the threshold for entry into cybercrime has persisted," the company said.

Another 15 percent of cyber hackers attacked Russian companies for the purpose of espionage. At the same time, phishing is called the main way to get initial access to the victim's infrastructure. At the same time, fans of more primitive methods and commercial software remain in this segment.

At the same time, there has been a decrease in the total volume of attacks carried out by hacktivists — that is, hackers whose goal is to draw attention to various problems, rather than to extract financial benefits. They accounted for only 9 percent of cyber attacks. Moreover, according to Bi.Zone analysts, more and more hacktivists are being noticed in financially motivated attacks.

"The trend in 2023 was also the transition of criminals in this category from mass attacks to targeted ones aimed at organizations that are most interesting to attackers from the point of view of publicity. The criminals actively published messages about the attacks in their Telegram channels and posted the received confidential data there," Bi.Zone noted.

Meanwhile, scammers began using remote access programs to trick victims. Russians were warned about the new fraud scheme in Tinkoff. The bank said that the scammers started calling customers and notifying them that their contract for communication services was allegedly expiring, and in order to extend it, they must provide a code from an SMS.