In 2021, ransomware payments stood at an average of $102.3 million a month—an increase of 518% from 2020. Typically, a single victim (usually a business) was hit for $50 million, up from $30 million in 2020. Sixty-eight different ransomware variants are known at present, the most notable being Ryuk, REvil (Sodinokibi), Darkside, Avaddon and Phobos. The attack vector most used is business email compromise arising from phishing emails that contain links or files that load ransomware.
Ransomware exploits have risen 97.25% since 2016. Only 8% of victims get all their data back after an attack. Victims who pay get about 65% of their data, while 29% get back less than 50%.
It was early 2020 when, after a 6.4 earthquake, Puerto Rico’s Industrial Development Company Director Ruben Rivera received an email requesting a change to one