Increase of Ransomware attacks with well-known threats like REvil, Ryuk, and Maze being the most common variants deployed by hackers.
In recent months, much of the aim of ransomware attacks lay squarely in the healthcare sector. This is grim news indeed since we are relying on the healthcare system to help put the still-raging global pandemic behind us.
Check Point reports Ryuk ransomware was responsible for more than twenty attacks on corporate networks a week. In fact, in the US, ransomware attacks have nearly doubled, increasing by 98.1 percent this quarter, compared with the same period last year.
Ransomware attacks are up nearly 50 percent, with several countries reporting incredible surges in ransomware activity, including
- India, with a 39.2 percent increase
- Russia, with a 57.9 percent increase
- Turkey, with a 32.5 percent increase
However, none of these can hold a candle to the buffeting that poor Sri Lanka is currently enduring, with a staggering 436 percent increase in ransomware activity reported.
From the perspective of the hackers, it’s easy to see the attraction. Most of the terrifying components companies fear most of the ransomware attacks are the attacks can bring corporate operations to a screeching halt in the blink of an eye and can be notoriously difficult to recover.
Hackers have had a great deal of success in extorting large sums of money from companies of all shapes and sizes, and now we know they’re also in the habit of making copies of sensitive data for themselves before they encrypt all your files. Keep your guard up; it’s probably going to get worse as the year progresses.