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World Ransomware: If you pay once, the stupid

13:50  16 june  2021
13:50  16 june  2021 Source:   zdnet.de

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kaspersky-ransomware © default_credit kaspersky-ransomware Most companies experience a second ransomware attack after they have paid ransom at the first attack. About half of the succession attacks takes place by the same perpetrators.

Around 80% of companies that decide on a payment to gain access to their encrypted systems, experience a subsequent ransomware attack. 46% believe that this was caused by the same attackers were, such a cybereason poll published on Wednesday.

The majority of companies that pay ransom to get access to their encrypted systems will be victims of a subsequent ransomware attack. Of those who have paid for the recovery of access to their systems, 46% indicated that at least some of their data were damaged.

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worldwide, 51 percent of respondents have been able to restore their encrypted systems without loss of data, while 3 percent of information has no access to encrypted data. The report revealed that a particular company has reportedly paid a ransomware amount in millions, only to be attacked a second time within two weeks of the same attackers.

worldwide, the survey revealed that 81 percent of respondents are very concerned about the risks of such attacks, with 73 percent indicate that they have policies or plans to specifically cope with Ransomware attacks.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, Ransomware attacks will cause $ 265 billion worldwide worldwide to cost 265 billion US dollars, with an attack on businesses and consumers every few seconds. This year, the cost of such attacks was estimated at $ 20 billion, an increase of 57 times compared to 2015.

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Check Point Research also showed on Wednesday that the average number of ransomware attacks worldwide in the last two months Percent, in the last six months by 41 percent and increased by 93 percent last year. For 59%, Europe recorded the highest increase rates for Ransomware attacks since the beginning of 2021.

Cybersecurity providers advise companies to pay after a ransomware attack and suggest a strategy for protecting and restoring the data instead.

Cybereason pointed out, however, that backup plans will not work as effectively when cybercriminal malware attacks with double extortion where hackers go beyond the encryption of data and explore sensitive data and intellectual property. Then they threatened to publish or distribute the stolen data if their ransom requirements were not met.

Worst hackers avoid attacking Eastern European countries: reports .
DarkSide, the criminal organization behind the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, and other high-profile hacking groups bar their partners from installing malicious software on computers using certain languages, according to Krebs on Security, a cybersecurity news site. This has been going on since the early days of organized cybercrime, and "it is intended to minimize scrutiny and interference from local authorities," Krebs wrote as part of a post pointing out that certain malware will not install on a Microsoft Windows computer that has a Russian or Ukrainian virtual keyboard installed.

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