An illustration of the earth, all in tones of blue, with an interconnected system of lock illustrations surrounding it. It isn’t just large companies being targeted, either. CyberCube found ransomware attacks are focusing on lower-profile operations, which means small and medium-sized businesses are becoming more tempting targets for bad actors – especially those involved in healthcare, agriculture and the food supply chain. (Credit: NicoElNino/Shutterstock)

Cyberattackers are learning to work smarter, not harder, and are increasingly focusing on infiltrating targets by utilizing Single Points of Failure (SPoF). SPoF are hot targets for hackers because once they have gained access to these points, they are then able to gain access to interconnected entities. Bad actors have found ways to exploit these points to create a large network of compromised infrastructure that allows them to commit cyberattacks, including espionage.

CyberCube recently released their latest Global Threat Briefing, in which they identified companies utilizing SPoF tech in the Forbes 1000 group who are known targets of Russian state-sponsored APTs. The majority of these targets, they found, are in the U.S. and Europe, with 257 Forbes 1000 companies in the U.S. alone using SPoFs they’ve deemed risky. Russian state-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) are exploiting at least 13 technologies, including Microsoft Exchange, Oracle WebLogic and Citrix, and utilizing them as SPoF in their cyberattacks, according to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

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Brittney Meredith-Miller

Brittney Meredith-Miller is assistant editor of She can be reached at [email protected].

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