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More than 78 million cyber alerts registered in Romania in 2014

More than 78 million cyber alerts registered in Romania in 2014

CERT-RO – Romanian Computer Emergency Readiness Team informed on Tuesday it received over 78 million cyber security alerts last year regarding more than 2.4 million unique IPs in Romania involved in different types of cyber security incidents. At the same time, 11,000 ‘.ro’ domains were reportedly damaged.

Thus, the alert number was up by 81.4 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, while there were 9.1 pc more unique IPs affected compared to 2013.

According to CERT-RO statistics, 2.4 million of unique IPs in Romania have been involved at least once in a cyber attack, on the rise by 16 pc compared to 2013.

54 pc of the alerts are involving misconfigured, unsecured or vulnerable IT systems, used be hackers to hide their identity and to launch cyber attacks on other targets.

Besides, 46 pc of the alerts concern IT systems, which were victims of some hackers who succeeded in taking over resources within zombie networks by exploiting some technical vulnerabilities and by infecting the systems with all sort of malware applications.

There were other Romania entities which have been targets of other complex cyber attacks, the Advanced Persistent Threat type, when a group is persistently attacking a target to obtain some benefits, usually access to sensitive information.

10,759 “.ro” domains were notified as compromised during 2014, 5 pc more than in 2013.

CERT-RO warns that hardware device such as wireless routers or those ranging in Internet of Things category, such as web cams, smart TVs, smartphone or printers are easy targets for hackers once they have Internet connection.

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