Group-IB presented a study of one of the most pressing cyber threats during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the number of ransomware attacks increased by more than 150% compared to the previous year. The average downtime of an attacked company was 18 days, and the ransom amount almost doubled, to $170,000.
The main targets of the hackers were corporate networks of large companies from North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Experts also recorded the first attacks in Russia: it is predicted that in 2021 a wave of ransomware will affect Russian business and enter the CIS. First of all, large corporate networks were at risk - targeted ransomware attacks (The Big Game Hunting) paralyzed the work of such giants as Garmin, Canon, Campari, Capcom and Foxconn in 2020.