Fully 51% of the 5,000 global IT managers Sophos recently surveyed—and 47% of those who work for businesses with 100-1000 employees—said their organization was hit by ransomware in the last year.
To put that in more human terms, 767,907 users were attacked by encryptors in 2019, according to Kaspersky. One third of them were on the job when it happened.
“Since the outbreak of WannaCry, cybercriminals have diversified their attack vectors to launch ransomware attacks. Their focus and attacks have become more targeted and moved to businesses, governmental and healthcare organizations where the information is critical, so as to demand for higher ransom,” said Craig Jones, director of INTERPOL’s Cybercrime Directorate, in a media statement. “Hospitals were the most vulnerable amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as those attacked have lost access to critical medical equipment and patient information.”
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