Higher geopolitical tensions, an increase in remote working and learning, and companies’ willingness to pay have all led to a significant increase in ransomware attacks.
A report from Check Point Research (CPR) claims that one in 40 organizations now faces a weekly ransomware attack, with government/military, education/research and healthcare being the most targeted.
The government and military sectors have seen a 135% increase in ransomware attacks between the second quarter of 2022 and last year, with one in 24 organizations in the industry being affected by ransomware every week.
59% up in one year
The education and research sector has become the most attacked sector in the world, with an average of 2,300 attacks per organization, per week. Compared to the second quarter of 2021, this is an increase of 53%.
Finally, retail and wholesale saw the largest increase in ransomware attacks: 182% year-on-year.
All in all, the number of ransomware attacks has grown by 59% in one year. Most of those came in the second quarter of the year, up 32% from the second quarter of 2021. During the quarter, average weekly attacks per organization peaked at 1,200 attacks.
Of the various regions in the world, Africa has seen the largest increase in ransomware attacks (21% year-on-year for the weekly average of affected companies), while in Europe the number has decreased by 1% (one in 65 organizations is affected by a ransomware attack every week). North America saw a small increase (1%), while the ANZ region saw a year-over-year increase of 18%.
“Hackers are taking advantage of the increase in attack surface through remote work and learning, and the war between Ukraine and Russia is also helping to fuel the growing trend as rising geopolitical tensions push hackers to take sides,” said Omer Dembinsky, Data Group Manager at Check Point Software.
“The willingness of organizations to meet the demands of ransomware to protect patients has proven that ransomware is very lucrative. That’s why we see hackers continue to invest resources in chasing healthcare organizations. We strongly encourage organizations around the world to learn our tips for preventing ransomware, such as backing up data, keeping systems up-to-date, and training employees on awareness.”
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