Understanding the Depth of Ransomware in the US; $1 Billion-a-year Industry

Understanding the Depth of Ransomware in the US; $1 Billion-a-year Industry

Ransomware has become one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, with instances of ransomware in exploit kits increasing about 44% in the last six months. According to FBI statistics, hackers extorted business and institutions for more than $209 million in ransomware payments in the first three months of 2016. The business of ransomware is on pace to be a $1 billion a year crime. Through an exclusive survey with Osterman Research of more than 500 CIOs, CISOs and IT Directors in the U.S., Canada, Germany and the U.K., Malwarebytes is dedicated to helping businesses prevent ransomware.

This survey explores:

  • The rising frequency and severity of ransomware attacks
  • The difference in ransomware penetration by industry
  • Which staff members are most frequently targeted and through which attack vectors



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