FBI: cyberattacks on the rise in New Mexico

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Main targets

  • Healthcare and public health topped the list, with 148 reported ransomware incidents.
  • Financial services came in second, suffering 89 attacks.
  • The IT sector was also hit hard, with 74 victims affected by ransomware.
  • Critical manufacturing was not far behind, with 65 reported incidents.

In 2020, there were 10 ransomware attacks against businesses in New Mexico.

In 2021, that number nearly doubled to 19, according to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

It’s probably higher.

As the numbers grow, so does the attention of federal officials.

According to a July 29 announcement, the FBI wants to educate private industry in New Mexico about the increase in malicious cyber intrusions and encourage businesses of all sizes to establish proactive relationships with us as soon as possible.

Executives and cyber agents from the FBI’s Albuquerque Division are involved in media appearances, a social media campaign, and presentations to local industry groups.

“The most important step a company can take to prepare for a cybersecurity incident is to develop a relationship with its local FBI office before it happens,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda said in a statement. the announcement. “We can provide trending information as well as advice to help you avoid IT compromises in the first place. And you’ll have a dedicated FBI contact you can call 24/7 to quickly report an incident and get us working to help you.

Nationally, between 2019 and 2021, the number of ransomware complaints reported to IC3 increased by 82%.

In 2021, ransomware was the biggest threat to critical infrastructure organizations, with 649 complaints, according to the FBI.

In June, the FBI said, it began tracking reported ransomware incidents involving critical sectors. Between May and June, two notable ransomware attacks occurred; one against Colonial Pipeline Co.which affected the gas supply of the United States, and another against the meat processing company JBS Foods.

The report highlighted a total of 16 sectors “whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effecton public health, safety and other critical issues.

“Of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, IC3 reports indicated that 14 sectors had at least one member who fell victim to a ransomware attack in 2021,” the report said.

Healthcare and public health topped the list, with 148 reported ransomware incidents.

Financial services came in second, suffering 89 attacks.

The IT sector was also hit hard, with 74 victims affected by ransomware. Critical manufacturing was not far behind, with 65 reported incidents.

The FBI recommends that all businesses, regardless of size, take these preventative steps in this heightened threat environment:

– If possible, identify your company’s most sensitive information and encrypt it.

– Make sure your organization has an incident response plan that includes the FBI. Your organization should implement your incident response plan on a regular basis.

– Make sure you have offline backups of critical data.

– If your computers are compromised, contact the FBI immediately.

What to do after a cyber intrusion

– Contact the FBI as soon as you become aware of a cyber intrusion. During a crisis, we can work hand-in-hand with your incident response team in your US office while also working with overseas partners.

By working with the FBI, you are working to prevent the actor from victimizing others and potentially re-victimizing you.

The FBI shares information with the private sector through individual contacts, cyber threat bulletins, and our many partnerships, including Fortune-1000 companies that belong to the Homeland Security Alliance Council (DSAC) and American critical infrastructure professionals in our national InfraGard program.

For more information, please visit: https://www.dsac.gov/.

InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector to protect America’s critical infrastructure. Through seamless collaboration, InfraGard connects owners and operators within critical infrastructure to the FBI to provide education, information sharing, networking, and workshops on emerging technologies and threats.

InfraGard members include business executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, security personnel, military and government officials, IT professionals, academics, and state and local law enforcement, all dedicated to bringing industry-specific information and advancing national security.

To learn more about InfraGard membership, please visit www.infragard.org.

FBI alerts and advisories are delivered directly through the InfraGard platform.

IC3 also provides industry alerts to https://www.ic3.gov/Home/IndustryAlerts.

Contact the FBI

Contact the FBI field office in Albuquerque at (505) 889-1300.

You can report crimes on the Internet to www.ic3.gov and other suspicious criminal activity at tips.fbi.gov.

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