The first international joint advisory about ransomware was issued last week as concerns mount about a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Tensions rose even higher on Tuesday when Ukraine’s defense ministry and two banks were hit by cyber attacks. Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security pointed the finger at Russia.
The advisory, released on Feb. 9 by cybersecurity agencies in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, said that there was an increase in sophisticated, high-impact ransomware incidents against critical infrastructure organizations.
“These advisories confirm what cybersecurity professionals have been suspecting,” said Josh Lospinoso, CEO and co-founder at cybersecurity firm Shift5. “Attacks are accelerating in both scale and scope.”