Cyberattacks up 60% in the tourism sector | #malware | #ransomware

According to Check Point Research’s Threat Intelligence
Report, the global average number of attacks against organisations in the
tourism and leisure sector has increased by 60% compared to the first half of
June 2021.

According to a report by Diário de Notícias, despite airport
delays and rising costs, international travel is expected to grow by 11% above
pre-pandemic levels.

“For many of us, this may be the first time we have travelled
abroad since the pandemic, and as such, there may be certain elements of our
travel routines that we may have forgotten, including our cybersecurity hygiene
habits, which is music to the ears of opportunistic hackers looking to take
advantage of relaxed attitudes and unprotected devices”, says Rui Duro,
Country Manager at Check Point Software Technologies in Portugal.

According to the Threat Intelligence Report by Check Point
Research, the global average number of weekly attacks against travel and
leisure-related organisations increased by 60% in June 2022 compared to the
first half of June 2021.

Businesses are most vulnerable in the summer and during long
weekends and holidays throughout the year. Sometimes computer attacks can go
unnoticed. An example of this was the ransomware attack on the Kaseya network
on July 4, 2021 by the Russian-speaking criminal group REvil which affected
over 1,000 organizations worldwide.

Check Point highlighted some computer security tips for the
summer: be careful with public Wi-Fi networks, do not share your credentials,
disable automatic connection to Wi-Fi networks/ Bluetooth, use multi-factor
authentication, install security patches and watch out for ATMs.

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