National Cybersecurity Center reports increase in ransomware attacks

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AMMAN — Bassam Maharmeh, the president of the National Cybersecurity Center, announced on Friday that the number of cybersecurity incidents targeting government institutions and vital sectors in Jordan last year reached 1,326. اضافة اعلان

Maharmeh added that 2 percent of these attacks were deemed "very dangerous," Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Maharmeh also noted that there had been a significant increase in ransomware attacks during the second half of last year. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that threatens to publish the victim's data or block access to it unless a ransom is paid.

Report to follow
The National Cybersecurity Center is responsible for protecting government networks and vital sectors, such as communications, electricity, and national security-related sectors, from cyberattacks, said Maharmeh.

He added that the center will soon publish a detailed report on the most prominent cybersecurity incidents that occurred in Jordan last year.

Vulnerabilities in VMware esxi systems
Earlier this year, the center warned of a security vulnerability that may expose devices to ransomware attacks.

The center explained that the security vulnerability targets systems that operate on the VMware esxi system, allowing ransomware programs such as "ESXiArs" to exploit the vulnerability and encrypt sensitive data, demanding a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key.

As a preventative measure, the center advises users of systems operating on the VMware ESXi system to update to the latest version as soon as possible to address this security vulnerability and protect their systems from ransomware programs.

Additionally, the center recommends implementing strong access controls and authentication procedures, regularly backing up important data and storing backups off-site, and training employees on best cybersecurity practices.

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