Ransomware incidents have increased in frequency over the past several years, to the point where this method has become the weapon of choice for many bad actors, who can now launch attacks through ransomware service providers that resemble legitimate technology outfits.
Verizon reports a dramatic surge in the attack method in 2022 - a quarter of all breaches for the year included ransomware. Meanwhile, as Sophos reports in its 'State of Ransomware 2022' report, ransomware impacted 66% of organizations in 2021, an increase of nearly 80% over the prior year.
Let's take a look at 8 prominent ransomware attacks that illustrate the ways modern cyber criminals are approaching ransomware. These attacks also show how damaging ransomware can be to not only corporate organizations, but also to the general public when personal data and entities like municipal infrastructure organizations are targeted.
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