Since the start of the pandemic, cybercriminals have been at risk, sending various malware around the world. During the first half of 2021, there were several incidents showing that malware infections increased by 151% over the previous year. As many of you will remember, last year’s Maze ransomware attack was considered an attack.
The biggest hit at the time, resulting in $ 50 – $ 70 of lost income, recovery, and relief. 121.4 million ransomware attacks last year, accounting for only a third of this year’s attacks. In 2021, cybercriminals successfully attacked 304.7 million times for ransom. In all previous years, there has never been such a high indicator.
All of these cases are just ransomware, and we don’t even know the percentage of all cyber crimes committed. The rise in ransomware is the result of the world becoming online. As people turn their business into an online business, they are willing to pay large sums of money to protect their business, which leads to an increase in the use of ransomware.
Among the organizations that have become victims in recent years, it is safe to say that predators will not leave alone organizations belonging to other countries. There have been 227.3 million ransomware attacks in the United States alone, which means not all were successful. With 865 threats per minute, it’s no wonder cybercriminals are having fun.
The second country on the list is Great Britain. The difference is significant compared to the US, but the UK also received a large number of threats – 14.6 million. The ransom demand is not the only motive for attacks on British organizations, in fact, government organizations are trying to recover confidential information. The third affected country is Germany, which today faces a threat of 11 million people.
The main problem here is slightly different than in all other regions, as the main problem is a lack of awareness of ransomware threats, resulting in a lack of precautions and poor security. These threats usually target German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
They lack resources and are more likely to be attacked. Germany is followed by South Africa with an alarming number of 10.5 billion, followed by Brazil with 9 million, followed by India with 3.8 million, and Colombia with 3.7 million.
This is not only a way of extorting money but also resources such as credentials. It is growing alarmingly every year, and with the status of the pandemic and poor awareness, the chances of falling prey to these criminals are increasing. It is important to raise awareness, improve security, and prepare to mitigate these attacks.
The rise in ransomware is the result of the world becoming online. The third affected country is Germany, which today faces a threat of 11 million people. It is growing alarmingly every year, and with the status of the pandemic and poor awareness, the chances of falling prey to these criminals are increasing.