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Ransomware and IoT Malware Detections have risen over 60%

16 March 2021

Ransomware threats spiked 62% globally and 158% in North America as more sophisticated variants like Ryuk targeted larger organizations with multi-staged attacks. The retail (365%), healthcare (123%) and government (21%) sectors were particularly badly hit during the pandemic.

Elsewhere, there were nearly 82 million cryptojacking detections, a 28% increase from 2019 figures, driven by the rising value of digital currency. The shift to remote work may also be behind the 67% increase in malicious Office files, which overtook malicious PDFs to claim top spot.