Guest Post: Ransomware hackers drained over 30 terabytes of sensitive data in 2022

Ransomware attacks have been terrorizing businesses of all sizes and industries worldwide. According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, ransomware hackers stole over 30 terabytes (TB) of personal and other sensitive data throughout more than 300 attacks in 2022.

In January, ransomware hackers stole 5 TB of personal data. Ransomware attacks in February locked out businesses out of 7 more TB of data. Ransomware hackers stole 16 TB of personal data during March, the most out of all months.

In April, ransomware hackers locked 3 more TB of data. While during May, the total amount of stolen personal data through ransomware attacks accumulated to 34 TB and remained the same until the end of June.

In February, the largest semiconductor chip company Nvidia suffered a major ransomware attack. Hackers from the group Lapsus$ claimed they stole 1TB in exfiltrated company data and demanded a $1 million ransom.

Cybersecurity writer at Atlas VPN Vilius Kardelis shares his thoughts on ransomware attacks:

“Ransomware has become more efficient and devastating in its attacks. Businesses should be prepared for their most confidential information to be taken and potentially exposed or sold on the internet. To mitigate the impact of ransomware attacks, companies must build resilience and report the cases to competent authorities.”

Ransomware remains dangerous

While some hackers might have taken a summer break, the ransomware threat continues to loom. Throughout the first half of 2022, businesses suffered 320 ransomware incidents.

In January, businesses reported 25 ransomware incidents. Next month, ransomware attacks skyrocketed by 116% to 54 incidents. Hackers performed 92 attacks against companies in March, bringing the total incident count in the first quarter of 2022 to 171.

The second quarter started with 113 total ransomware attacks in April, the most so far. Despite that, businesses suffered 32 incidents in May, about 72% less than the previous month. Throughout June, hackers attacked businesses with ransomware just 4 times.

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