Cyber criminals rearm in the shadow of the pandemic
This threat assessment intends to inform decision-makers of a new, serious threat caused by changes in several criminal hacker groups’ activities in 2020.
In 2020, several criminal hacker groups upgraded their cyber tools and renewed their collaborative relationships and activities. Even though these types of changes in cyber threats are common, they have been quite significant and happen more simultaneous than usual in 2020.
As a result of the changes, Danish private companies and public authorities are faced with criminal networks equipped with new tools and attack techniques.
The changes have caused some criminal groups to pause their normal activities during the spring of 2020. However, the groups have now resumed their usual activities.
The COVID-19 pandemic, pressure from public authorities and security firms and also cyber criminals’ interest in targeted ransomware attacks have all – each in their own right – contributed to the changes.
This threat assessment is intended to inform decision-makers in private companies and public authorities of the changes in several criminal hacker groups’ activities in 2020. As a result of these new activities, private companies and public authorities are faced with new, serious threats from criminal hackers.
Centre for Cybersecurity
December 4, 2020