Cyberattacks Increased by 60% In Tourism Sector This Year

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

Considering that the pandemic has brought the country to a standstill, not allowing people to travel, many hackers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of these people who are eager to travel again, reports.

The recent report by Check Point Research also revealed that the global average number of weekly attacks against travel and leisure organisations increased by 60 per cent in June 2022 compared to the first half of June 2021.

In addition, according to a report provided by Portugal’s Diário de Notícias, despite airport delays and growing congestion, international travel is expected to increase by 11 percent, which means it will reach 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,” Rui Duro, Country Manager at Check Point Software Technologies in Portugal pointed out in this regard.

Sometimes computer attacks can go unnoticed. However, businesses are among the most vulnerable throughout the year.

In this case, it should also be mentioned the ransomware attack on the Kaseya network on July 4, 2021, by the Russian-speaking criminal group REvil, affected over 1000 organisations worldwide.

Russian ransomware threat group Revil launched this attack against technology provider Kaseya by compromising and distributing malware through Kaseya’s remote VSA software and patch management tool. REvil initially requested $70 million but later lowered it to $50 million – for a universal decryptor, as well as rewards for victims of individual organisations from $50,000 to $5 million, based on the size of the organisation.

However, Check Point highlighted some tips that should be taken care of for summer…