Ransomware attacks increases 20% since the end of 2019

29th July 2020

Around 5.9 million cases of Ransomware have been reported in the UK since the start of 2020. This is compared to a staggering 80 million in America and around 121 million worldwide. This has increased by 20% from last year.

Fingers are being pointed at the increase in the number of employees working remotely due to COVID 19 as the cause of this huge rise in the number of Malware cases. Phishing in relation to the Coronavirus is a big cause. This correlates with the surge in attacks at the end of March/beginning of April as this is when the lockdown had just begun in a lot of countries and people were looking for safety tips and other virus-related info.

Overall, Malware attacks have declined by 33% since the end of 2019 going from 4.8 billion to 3.2 billion, it is specifically Ransomware attacks that have increased. Sounds promising at first but don’t let these numbers fool you. Although there are fewer attacks, they are designed to spread far more swiftly to affect as many people in as small a timeframe as possible. Asia as a continent suffered heavily from these attacks with both South Korea and China being amongst the most affected countries. Staggeringly, the UK and US don’t even make the top 10.

There are very little signs to say when this pandemic will be over as reports of a suspected second spike become more common. This will mean that these relentless cyber criminals will continue to use COVID related methods to spread their Malware. If you have any concerns about your business' online IT safety and security, get in touch.

Author of original article: Bolly Hellard - ITPro