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With the ongoing conflict in Eurasia, cyberwarfare is inevitably making its presence felt. The fight is not only being fought on the fields. There is also a big battle happening in cyberspace. Several cyber-attacks have been reported over the past months.

Notably, cyber attacks backed by state actors are becoming prominent. There have been reports of a rise of ransomware and other malware attacks such as Cyclops BlinkHermeticWiper, and BlackCat. These target businesses as well as government institutions and non-profit organizations. There have been cases of several attempts to shut down online communications and IT infrastructure.

The ongoing list of significant cyber incidents curated by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shows that the number of major incidents in January 2022 is 100% higher compared to the same period in the previous year. With the recent activities in cyberspace impacted by the emergence of the geopolitical tumult in February, it is not going to be surprising to see an even more dramatic rise in the number of significant incidents.

Here’s a look at how state-backed cyberattacks are shaping up this early into 2022 and what the world is doing in response.

Worsening malware problem

The ransomware and other malware problem are getting worse, according to acclaimed cybersecurity leader and technologist Dan Lohrmann. In his blog post for Government Technology, he pointed out the significant rise of criminal copycats that deliver malware through software updates, the increase in mobile malware attacks, the packaging of malware with other threats that target specific organizations, and the weaponization of malicious software.

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