The use of ransomware by cybercriminals has exploded since 2019. And their methods have been refined to ransom more money. A very serious threat to the global economy …
Europol report shows that the number of ransoms paid by companies, organizations and individuals as a result of ransomware increased by 300% between 2019 and 2020! And it is almost certain that the volume of these ransoms will increase further in 2021, fears the European police agency which estimates that the ransomware represents the most dangerous computer threat this year.
Explosion in the number of ransoms since 2019
More dangerous, but not by the surface of the attacks. On the contrary, cybercriminals have learned to target their victims: rather than trying to hit as many people as possible without being sure of hitting the jackpot, they prefer to target specific targets. It is easier to get a ransom from an organization that can afford it.
Europol observes that ransomware tries to target ” private companies, health and education sectors, critical infrastructure and government institutions “. Successful: Many attempts have unfortunately been crowned with success in recent months, and they have received extensive press coverage.
Ransomware is not the end goal of hackers. The latter take advantage of their intrusion into the servers of their victims to steal confidential data and thus, establish their grip on the targeted organization. In this way, they can exert maximum pressure to get even more money.
Europol reports even more ruthless methods on the part of criminals. ” During the last twelve months, the means of coercion have grown with the methodical canvassing of journalists, clients, business partners and employees of the targeted organizations. », Deplores the agency. The solution is a joint fight of the authorities, the police and the companies against the groups of pirates.
Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.
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