Ransomware Attacks Strike 20% of Americans
Cybercriminals have been using ransomware to profit off of unprepared victims for more than a decade. Ransomware rose to infamy when the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks struck the world. Recently, attackers have collected more than a million dollars from the Florida cities of Riviera Beach and Lake City. In July, ransomware drove Louisana into a state of emergency.
Since the emergence of ransomware, we have learned much about how government agencies and businesses deal with it. When attacked, some organizations have chosen to pay criminals to retrieve their data and unlock their computers. Others have decided not to give into extortion.