January 13th, 2021 by admin
Not be alarmist, but ransomware wreaked havoc in 2020. It may be even worse this year. The average ransom payment jumped 31% to $233,817 in the third quarter from the second quarter, according to a report from Coveware. Average ransom payment? Up to nearly $250,000, compared to $100,000 in 2019, though the median gains were much more modest. Impact on society? Nations already roiled by a global pandemic have seen ransomware groups casually blow past any ethical red lines to target hospitals, school systems, and other critical infrastructure.
One of the biggest fears in 2021 is that ransomware criminals will go after bigger and bigger targets. In a textbook ransomware attack, the attacker locks critical computer files. If the victim pays, the files are unlocked. In 2021, hospitals are likely to remain significant targets, amid the coronavirus pandemic, as criminals "casually blow past any ethical red lines," said SC Media, a cybersecurity information site. As hospitals are flooded with new coronavirus patients, attackers know that a hospital will be more desperate to pay the ransom to keep their operations running.
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