BKA report for 2022: IT attacks cost German companies 203 billion euros
Cybercrime is still a billion dollar business for online criminals in Germany. The main focus is on blackmailing companies, but attackers are also increasingly targeting public institutions. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has compiled this and much more information in its national cybercrime situation report for 2022.
A third of the cases are cleared up
The report is available for download. Overall, the BKA documented a 6.5 percent decline in recorded cyber crimes in Germany for 2022. Deeds abroad should increase. As in the previous year, the clear-up rate for such crimes is just under 30 percent.
According to the federal agency, ransomware remains the number one threat. Such malware encrypts company data. Criminals also publish stolen internal data to create even more pressure to pay the ransom. Even if, according to the BKA, fewer companies responded to extortion demands in 2022, the damage caused by cyber attacks amounted to almost 203 billion euros.
In order to push malware onto systems, attackers mainly rely on phishing emails. Here the trend continues that the news is often tailor-made and feeds on current social issues or ties to existing projects in companies in order to increase credibility.
Awareness training for employees is still essential to effectively protect corporate networks. A few clicks in an email and the attachment are often enough for malicious code to infect a PC.
In the report, the BKA also examines the Russian war of aggression in cyberspace. In 2022, the focus was on DDoS attacks by both parties to paralyze strategic IT goals. Critical infrastructures were specifically attacked with malware. In addition, hacktivist actors shaped the events.
attacks on universities
In 2022 there were frequent attacks on research and educational institutions. For example, the University of Gießen was targeted by attackers and recorded a violent attack on its IT systems. As a rule, ransomware was also used here. According to the BKA, the criminals were primarily concerned with copying sensitive research data and then offering them for sale.
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