In 2019, there was an increase in ransomware
used in targeted attacks toward state, provincial
and local governments, as well as large
Attacks have ranged from hospitals, police
stations and educational institutions to
aluminum factories (Norsk Hydro, Norway) and
power grids (City Power, Johannesburg).
“In a modern, citizen-centric environment,
successful ransomware attacks are highly
disruptive,” SonicWall President and CEO Bill
Conner wrote for Forbes. “Networks from city
hall, law enforcement agencies, sanitation,
courthouses or the DMV could be compromised
in minutes and everyday operations held for
ransom, often at exorbitant costs.”
Following the same trend as global malware
volume, ransomware attacks were down
slightly in 2019.
SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers
recorded 187.9 million in total ransomware
volume for the year, a 6% drop from the record breaking 2018 volume.
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