A third of ransomware infections are caused by weak passwords

Aurel Constantin 21/01/2020 | 00:39

As one of the leading types of cyber-attacks, ransomware is expected to dominate cybercrime in 2020. According to PreciseSecurity.com research, weak passwords were one of the most common cybersecurity vulnerabilities in 2019, causing 30% of ransomware infections in 2019.

Weak Passwords Are the Third Most Common Ransomware Cause Globally

The recent PreciseSecurity.com research revealed that phishing scams caused more than 67 percent of ransomware infection globally during the last year. Another 36 percent of Mail Protection Service users reported ransomware attacks caused by the lack of cybersecurity training. Weak passwords were the third most common reason for ransomware infections globally in 2019.

The 30 percent share in the combined number of ransomware infections during the last years indicates a concerning level of password security awareness. The 2019 Google survey about beliefs and behaviors around online security showed that two in three individuals recycle the same password across multiple accounts. More than 50 percent admitted using one “favorite” password for the majority of the accounts. Only one-third of respondents knew how to define the password manager.

Only 12 percent of US Online Users Take Advantage of Password Managers

The 2019 Statista survey reveals that 64 percent of US respondents find stolen passwords as the most concerning issue about data privacy. However, such a high level of concern didn’t affect their habits related to keeping track of login information. According to the findings, 43 percent of respondents reported that their primary method of keeping track of their most crucial login information was to write it down. Another 45 percent of respondents named memorizing the login data as their primary method of tracking. At the same time, only 12 percent of US online users take advantage of password managers.

23.2 Million Victim Accounts Globally Used 123456 as Password

Using hard-to-guess passwords represent the first step in securing sensitive online information. However, according to the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre 2019 survey, password re-use and weak passwords still represent a significant risk for companies and individuals all over the world.

The breach analysis indicated that 23.2 million victim accounts from all parts of the world used 123456 as a password. Another 7.8 million data breach victims chose a 12345678 password. More than 3.5 million people globally picked up the word “password” to protect access to their sensitive information.

Close ×

We use cookies for keeping our website reliable and secure, personalising content and ads, providing social media features and to analyse how our website is used.

Accept & continue