While law enforcement and industry experts argue that we should never pay a ransom to unblock our computer after a ransomware attack – also because we have no certainty that it will – many large organizations have recently set a fatal example by paying hackers huge money. Moreover, as we learn from the new report, paying the ransom does not mean that under some cybercriminal code we will not be attacked again, on the contrary … nearly half of the victims of such attacks are targeted again by the same people!
Research conducted by Censuswide has revealed that 80% of organizations that choose to pay a ransom to restore access after a ransomware attack are attacked again, 46% of them by the same organizations or individuals. For example, one of the companies that decided to take such a step and pay several million dollars became the target of a second attack literally two weeks after the cryptocurrency was transferred, of course, by the same cybercriminal or group.
It is also worth emphasizing that after paying the ransom, certain problems very often occur and as we mentioned, we have no guarantee that we will recover all data – 46% of people who paid the ransom discovered that some data was damaged, 51% actually regained full access, and 3% did not regain access at all. In short, it’s a lottery, and in addition, we support and encourage hackers to further malicious activities. When it comes to companies, one should also take into account the fact that admitting such an attack and paying the ransom can mean large image losses and, according to respondents, 53% of people say that their brand has suffered from it, and 66% declare financial losses as a result of the attack. So what to do? Try to protect your data as much as possible, because criminals are constantly looking for weaknesses and, according to Check Point Research, the number of ransomware attacks has increased by nearly 100% over the last year, and Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that by 2031 such attacks will be us cost $ 265 billion globally.
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