Global ransomware attacks surged by 110% at 34 million Year-on-Year: Atlas VPN

Ransomware attacks broke a two-year record in September of 2020. According to data analyzed by the Atlas VPN team, there were 34.11 million ransomware attacks detected this September — 110% more than the same period last year when 16.21 million attacks were recorded. 

Overall, there was a 40% rise in ransomware attacks in the first three quarters of 2020 compared to the same period last year. The ransomware attacks grew from 142.39 million in 2019 to 199.75 million in 2020.

Over a third (34%) of ransomware attacks launched in the first nine months of 2020 were Ryuk attacks — a type of crypto-ransomware that uses encryption to block access to victim’s systems, devices, or files and demands a ransom in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. 

In total, there were 67.27 million Ryuk attacks from January through September of 2020. It is over 13 thousand times more compared to the same period last year when 5,094 Ryuk attacks were detected. 

North America suffers the most from ransomware attacks

Ransomware can be extremely damaging to both individuals and organizations who fall into its traps. While ransomware attacks are prevalent globally, some regions were more affected than others.

The region that got the biggest shares of ransomware attacks through Q3 2020 is North America, receiving close to 76% (151.33 million) worldwide attacks. The number increased by 124% from the same period last year when 67.67 million attacks were registered.

However, the region that saw the most significant surge in ransomware attacks was Asia-Pacific. While there were 1.31 million attacks within the first three quarters of 2019, the number rose by 294% to 5.16 million attacks this year. 

Finally, ransomware attacks targeting European countries through Q3 2020 make up one-tenth (10%) of total worldwide attacks. However, unlike other countries, European countries saw a 28% drop in ransomware attacks from 26.81 million attacks in the first three quarters of 2019 to 19.23 million in 2020.

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