Israel's Calcalist website published statistics from the findings of a global survey carried out by Kaspersky according to which there has been a huge number of cyberattacks, about eight million, against remote workers in Israel during the COVID-19 era (including the start of 2021). The research, which surveyed 15,000 people worldwide, found that about half of those impacted by such an event had sensitive information on the computer or telephone that was attacked.
The number of attacks grew as the influence of the pandemic increased. The statistics showed that there were an average of 100,000 to 200,000 attacks a month in the beginning of 2020, but the number doubled during the months of the summer, reached 700,000 in September, and exceeded 1 million in October. There were also similar increases in other countries such as the Netherlands, Morocco, Malaysia and Bahrain.
According to the report, about 56% of respondents experienced ransomware attacks, and about half of them agreed to pay the amount demanded. But 17% did not receive the password for the release of the files, and only about 29% succeeded in fully restoring the data that was hacked.