40 Per Cent Of Businesses Targeted By Ransomware Alone
40 Per Cent Of Businesses Targeted By Ransomware Alone

Ransomware Epidemic Claims 40 Percent of Organizations

Ransomware is responsible for disrupting more than half of UK companies in the past year with nearly 40 percent of businesses suffering attacks.

Out of 540 polled CIOs, CISOs, and IT Directors from companies in the UK, US, Canada and Germany which have more than 5,000 employees – almost 40 per cent have been hit by ransomware in the last year.

More than a third lost revenue, and 20 per cent had to stop business completely.

“Over the last four years, ransomware has evolved into one of the biggest cyber security threats in the wild, with instances of ransomware in exploit kits increasing 259 percent in the last five months alone. The impact on businesses around the world has been significant,” said Nathan Scott, Technical Project Manager at Malwarebytes and ransomware expert.

“Until now, very few studies have examined the current prevalence and ramifications of actual ransomware incidents in the enterprise.”

Senior UK IT staff have been hit the hardest, even though they’re usually confident they can stop the attacks, the report says.

Out of those who were attacked, 40 per cent decided to pay ransom. In the UK, more than half of CISOs paid the ransom. The demand went from $1,000 all the way up to $150,000 in some cases.


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