Cybercrime made up 43% of overall crime in 2020

In 2020, 43% of all crimes were classified as cybercrimes, with a significant increase in online dangers connected to COVID-19.

Singapore: Cybercrime made up 43 percent of all crime in Singapore last year, with the COVID-19 pandemic being a critical factor in online dangers.

According to an annual record released by the Cyber Safety Firm of Singapore (CSA) on Thursday (Jul 8), there were 16,117 instances of cybercrime in 2015, up from 9,349 situations recorded in 2019.


The top category of cybercrime is associated with online dishonesty, with 12,251 cases in 2014, a 62 percent surge from 7,580 situations in 2019.

” This trend is attributed to the quick development of ecommerce, the spreading of neighborhood marketplace platforms and social networks platforms as Singaporeans accomplished more online deals due to COVID-19,” said CSA.

Of the staying cybercrime situations, 3,621 were dropped under the Computer Abuse Act, and 245 were cyber extortion cases.



In its yearly Singapore Cyber Landscape record, CSA kept in mind that globally, a substantial part of malicious cyber activities “fed off as well as took advantage of the coronavirus break out.”

” Throughout 2020, CSA observed that global danger stars had actually capitalised on the stress and anxiety and are afraid functioned by the pandemic, with repercussions really felt by individuals as well as organizations,” stated CSA.

” Several of these trends were mirrored locally, where a surge in ransomware cases along with the appearance of COVID-19-related phishing tasks were seen,” it added.

” These likewise coincided with the surge of job from house setups, as people as well as organizations adopted new technologies to maintain company connection.”.

For instance, the record kept in mind that when Singapore’s “breaker” started, Zoom for home-based learning was put on hold after violations involving suggestive photos.


As well as when Singapore transferred to Phase 2 of its resuming, destructive actors rotated to exploiting susceptibilities in call mapping technology. The report claimed that 12 fake COVID-19 contact tracing apps with the capacity to supply malware were discovered, consisting of a fake TraceTogether app.

Aside from cybercrime, ransomware situations are additionally boosted.

Eighty-nine ransomware instances were reported to the CSA in 2015, a “sharp rise” of 154 percent from the 35 cases reported in 2019.

They primarily affected small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in production, retail, and healthcare markets.

” The significant increase in regional ransomware instances was most likely influenced by the worldwide ransomware outbreak, where 3 distinct qualities were observed as ransomware operators released significantly sophisticated techniques,” claimed CSA.

The characteristics change from “unplanned, opportunistic assaults” to “targeted ‘Huge Game Hunting.'” This includes targeting large companies in the hope of higher ransom money payouts.


There were likewise “leakage and shame” methods and an increase in “Ransomware-as-a-Service” versions, which made innovative ransomware strains available to less technically-adept cybercriminals.

CSA additionally claimed there were 1,026 destructive commands as well as control (C&C) web servers held in Singapore in 2014, a 94 percent rise from 530 servers in 2019.

About 6,600 botnet drones with Singapore IP addresses were found daily in 2015, up from the daily average of 2,300 in 2019.



The number of phishing URLs remained mainly the very same. In 2020, there had to do with 47,000 unique Singapore-hosted phishing URLs – or those with domain name. This is a 1 percent decrease from the 47,500 Links in 2019.

” COVID-19 themes most likely represented over 4,700 of malicious Links spoofing neighborhood entities and also solutions that were in higher demand during Singapore’s circuit breaker period, which included on the internet retail and also payment portals,” said CSA.

This became part of a worldwide surge in COVID-19-related phishing campaigns in 2020, which the company kept in mind.

In 2020, 495 “. sg” sites were ruined, a 43 percent drop from 873 in 2019.

According to CSA, the majority of targets were SMEs. Government internet sites were unaffected.

” The significant fall in 2020 follows international fads and suggests that activist groups could have picked other platforms with possibly bigger reach (eg social media sites) to humiliate their victims and attract presence for their reasons,” said CSA.



As the cyber landscape ends up being “significantly intricate and also vibrant,” CSA cautioned against 3 emerging cybersecurity trends – ransomware, the targeting of a remote workforce, and also increased targeting of supply chains.

” Ransomware has actually advanced right into a large and systemic threat, and is no more limited to the occasional as well as isolated events observed,” stated CSA.

It included that the current international wave of prominent ransomware occurrences influencing essential service providers as well as vital firms revealed that the attacks can “cause real-world effects and injury, as well as might have the possibility to end up being national safety and security issues.”

” The spreading of such attacks spells an urgency for organizations to examine their cybersecurity posture and also guarantee that they construct their systems to be resilient in recouping from any effective cyberattacks.”.

Supply chain breaches are also ending up being much more sophisticated.

” The compromise of a trusted vendor of software can lead to widespread consequences worldwide, as sufferers might consist of major vendors with substantial customer bases,” the agency included.


Source: Cindy Co. for CNA