Group-IB, a Singapore-based cybersecurity company that specializes in preventing cyberattacks, found out that the year of 2019 was marked by ransomware evolution and was dominated by increasingly aggressive ransomware campaigns, with its operators resorting to more cunning TTPs, reminding those of APT groups to get their victims shell out.

The number of ransomware attacks increased by 40% in 2019, according to Group-IB’s incident response engagements and industry researchers data, while devious techniques employed by the attackers helped them to push the average ransom grow over tenfold in just one year. The greediest ransomware families with highest pay-off were Ryuk, DoppelPaymer and REvil.

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