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Acronis Mid-Year Cyberthreats Report 2023

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From Innovation to Risk: Managing the Implications of AI-driven Cyberattacks

This report covers the threat landscape, as encountered by our sensors and analysts in the first half of 2023.  General malware data presented in the report is gathered from January–May of this year, and reflects threats targeting endpoints that we observed in these months.

Of note:

  • Ransomware continues to be the major threat to large and medium-sized businesses, including government, healthcare, and other critical organizations.
  • Data stealers are the second most prevalent threat, causing a majority of data breaches along with traditional usage of stolen credentials.
  • ChatGPT and similar generative AI systems are already being used to commence cyberattacks and create malicious content.
  • The number of email attacks seen in 2023 has surged by a staggering 464% compared to the first half of 2022.

What you will find in this report:

  • The top security/threat trends we observed in the first half of 2023
  • The dangers of AI development
  • An overview of recent data breaches
  • General malware statistics with a deep-dive analysis of the most dangerous threats
  • Ransomware statistics and key families reviewed
  • Which vulnerabilities contribute to the success of attacks
  • Our security recommendations for the coming months
Acronis Cyberthreats Report H1 2023: Dark side of AI
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