Cyberattacks: warning of French companies

Cyberattacks: warning of French companies

An email signed by your bank. A link to a trusted website. And a homepage almost identical to the original. Nothing suspicious at first glance. “Would you like to confirm the operation?” offers the message. A phone number is displayed at the bottom of the page. What if a crook was waiting on the phone? Caution is not exaggerated in this matter.

According to cybersecurity company Anozr Way, 327,300 French people have had their personal information stolen since the beginning of the year. Worse, some of them wouldn’t even have noticed. A number that, despite all the precautions taken by operators and banks, shows the extent of cyber attacks. Increasingly more organized, criminals have learned to use email, phones and social media to their advantage.

In August, 5 attacks were reported against university hospitals, including the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital center in the Paris region, which, faced with a refusal to pay a ransom, saw the hackers who threatened it start leaking sensitive information this Sunday.

Fraud, ransom demands, data theft… The good old criminal ways are renewed online. “Every year in the United States, cybercrime generates more revenue than all traditional techniques such as pickpocketing, burglary, armed robbery, hooded or unhooded,” testified Eviatar Matania, former director of Israel’s Cybersecurity National Office.

Orange, Altice, MSC victims

This involves enormous sums of money. According to a 2020 estimate by the United Nations Office, total revenues from cybercriminals are estimated at $1.5 trillion per year, ie 1.5 times the revenues from counterfeiting and 2.8 times the revenues from drug trafficking . The seemingly less risky online crime has found its place alongside other clandestine activities, the UN points out.

This parallel economy is driven by three main sources. According to a report published by the Thales Group, 60% comes from selling illegal products online, 30% from theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, and only 0.07% from the proceeds from cyberattacks and ransomware. But the latter are the most spectacular and cause the greatest damage.

France, the fourth most targeted country behind the United States, England and Germany, is very fond of these criminals. Ransomware attacks there will have tripled in 2022, says software maker WatchGuard. Last August, the cumulative loss of sales of French companies was already more than a billion euros, estimates the company Anozr Way in its latest barometer, published exclusively by challenges. A significant damage to small and medium-sized businesses, privileged targets because they are less prepared for this type of risk.


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