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While recent data breaches and hacking attempts on government entities have spotlighted growing cybersecurity concerns with Russia, it turns out that Russia has a cybersecurity problem of their own. Kapersky lab, an international cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, claims to have blocked more than 73 million hacking attempts with malicious attachments in Q3 2016. Of all the organizations targeted by cybercriminals, banks led the way accounting for 27 percent of the phishing attempts. According to the report, the overall number of attempted hacks increased 37 percent compared to the previous quarter. What’s more, spam with global email traffic has also increased dramatically, with six in ten of all emails containing spam. While spam is often just “unwanted advertising … the majority of malicious spam emails during the past quarter contained ransomware, which is yet more proof of the rising epidemic of this type of malware,” said Daria Gudkova, Head of Content Analysis and Research at Kaspersky Lab.

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