New Threat Report Reveals Evolving Ransomware Attack


Barracuda, a leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, released its third-annual threat research report on ransomware. The new report looks at ransomware attack patterns that occurred between August 2020 and July 2021. The researchers identified and analysed 121 ransomware incidents that occurred between August 2020 and July 2021, and saw a 64 per cent increase in attacks, year over year.

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Cybercriminals are still heavily targeting municipalities, health care, and education, but attacks on other businesses are surging:

  • Attacks on corporations, such as infrastructure, travel, financial services, and other businesses made up 57 per cent of all ransomware attacks between August 2020 and July 2021, up from just 18 per cent in our 2020 study
  • Infrastructure-related businesses account for 10 per cent of all the attacks we studied. In fact, ransomware attacks are quickly evolving to target software supply chains, which reach more businesses in a single attempt
  • The ransom amount is increasing dramatically and now the average ransom ask per incident cost over $10 million. Eight per cent of the incidents had a ransom ask less than $10 million, and 14 per cent of the incidents had a ransom ask greater than $30 million
  • Ransomware attacks are becoming pervasive across the globe. Just under half (44 per cent) of the attacks in the past 12 months hit US organisations

“As cybercriminals are working towards bigger paydays in the future, the security industry needs to continue to create solutions that are easily consumable for companies of all sizes,” said Fleming Shi, CTO at Barracuda. “Attackers often start with small organizations that are connected to the larger targets and then work their way up. All of us in the security industry have an obligation to turn sophisticated technology into products and services that can be easily consumed by customers.”