A new report from EU law enforcement body Europol outlines 15 cybercrime threats facing individuals and organisations today.
In its Internet Organised Crime Treat Assessment (IOCTA), Europol warns that criminals are now taking a more targeted approach with ransomware attacks, focusing on victims likely to pay larger ransoms. Mobile malware is also cited, particularly as more people move from online to mobile banking, while ‘stealthy malware’ describes cyberattacks that are increasingly hard to detect, such as fileless malware. Extortion, DDoS, social engineering and crypto-jacking are also highlighted.
The recent report shows that the cybersecurity risks faced by individuals and organisations are varied and very real. It also demonstrates that cybersecurity must evolve to keep pace with the increasing complexity and sophistication of modern cybercrime.
Europol described the report as offering “a unique law enforcement view of the emerging threats and key developments in the field of cyber crime over the last year”. It added that the assessment "describes anticipated future threats" and "only has one goal in mind - to stop cybercriminals from making you their next victim".