Ransomware dominated malware-related data breaches investigated by Verizon last year, appearing in 71 percent of cases, according to the annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released Thursday.
Compared to last year’s DBIR report, ransomware attacks are up 50 percent. Still, Verizon suspects the true number of ransomware attacks and victims is likely going under reported.
The DBIR, an analysis of more than 40,000 incidents (including 1,935 breaches) investigated by Verizon, shows that cybercriminals targeted manufacturing, the public sector and education the most, but Verizon senior network engineer Dave Hylender said the healthcare industry was hit the hardest with ransomware.
“Organized criminal groups continue to utilize ransomware to extort money from their victims, and since a data disclosure in these incidents is often not confirmed, they are not reflected in statistical data,” Verizon wrote.
Last year, ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations dominated headlines such a Locky ransomware attack against the hospital chain MedStar and