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WannaCry ransomware attack anniversary and the current situation: Check Point study


Check Point Software details how ransomware has progressed in recent years, from WannaCry perpetrators demanding just a few hundred dollars from its victims to Conti requesting tens of millions. Check Point also reveals a 14% year-on-year increase in global ransomware attacks and says organizations need to prioritize prevention if they are ever going to combat this rising threat.

The WannaCry attack in 2017 was the first of its kind – a global, state-sponsored and multi-vector attack. Despite that, the initial extortion demand was just $300. While WannaCry wasn’t a trailblazer in terms of profitability, it was in terms of marking the beginning of the political use of ransomware. In the last five years, ransomware operations have moved from random emails to multi-million-dollar businesses, such as NotPetya, REvil, Conti and DarkSide, carrying out targeted and sophisticated attacks that affect organizations in every industry. The ransom demand facing Kaseya in 2021 was ...


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