Guest Post: Over 60% Of Global Ransomware Attacks Are Directed At The US And UK Says Atlas VPN

Criminals use ransomware as a weapon to damage businesses or countries’ cybersecurity and obtain critical information.

According to the recent Atlas VPN team findings, over 60% of global ransomware attacks are directed at the US and UK. In addition, most of the attacks target government administrations intending to steal sensitive information belonging to the state.

As of October 2021, 52% of all ransomware attacks globally are targeting the US. Hackers launched the most significant cyberattacks this year, precisely at US businesses. Colonial Pipeline, JBS Foods, Kaseya are just a few of the largest examples.

Nearly 11% of ransomware attacks hackers directed at UK enterprises. One massive hack happened last month in October to a British jeweler Graff. Conti criminal gang leaked 69,000 confidential documents relating to celebrities like Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, David Beckham, and more.

Canadian businesses suffered from 4.51% of all ransomware attacks worldwide. Back in February, the DarkSide ransomware gang hit one of Canada’s biggest rental agencies Discount Car and Truck Rental. 

Almost 21% of ransomware attacks were directed at the rest of the world.

Government under ransomware pressure

Hackers specifically choose industries and companies where the loss of data could be detrimental to its successful operations.

Government administrations suffered the most ransomware attacks in 2021 so far — 47. Outdated technology and the lack of cybersecurity staff make governments vulnerable to attacks.

The education industry experienced 35 ransomware attacks globally this year. Interconnected networks in educational institutions usually can help spread the ransomware faster, creating more damage.

Cybercriminals launched 33 ransomware attacks at healthcare facilities. Hospitals are lucrative targets for hackers as they hold sensitive patient data such as social security numbers and other personal information.

The services industry suffered from 28 ransomware attacks this year. Typically, businesses in the service field hold a lot of personal information about their clients.

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