OREANDA-NEWS. In 2019, cyber fraudsters actively enjoyed the trust of users in well-known IT brands and vulnerabilities of cloud services. These findings were made by IBM experts in their annual X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2020. When compiling a report that was reviewed by the Russian media, the company daily analyzed more than 70 billion events from the field of information security in more than 130 countries, including Russia.

In 2019, when sending phishing emails (a type of online fraud, when an attacker sends out messages on behalf of a well-known brand or disguises a resource under his website to obtain user personal data), criminals began to use brands of technology companies, social networks and streaming services more often.

In 2020, IBM experts expect an increase in the number of attacks and the expansion of the threat landscape. The number of attacks using the Internet of Things (IoT) will increase. According to IBM, by the end of 2020, more than 38 billion devices worldwide will be connected to the Internet. It is already noticeable that the interest of attackers has shifted from consumer electronics to industrial equipment, which was out of focus of attacks in 2018.

In addition, cybercriminals will actively attack the health sector. Attackers will try to steal information about patients for the purpose of reselling them on the black market, as well as remotely block the connection of medical equipment to the network in order to restore its work for money.