The number of ransomware attacks has decreased but thats not

The number of ransomware attacks has decreased, but that’s not good enough

Positive Technologies Company active in the field of information security analyzed current threats in the first quarter of 2022. A study conducted by experts revealed a reduction in attacks by ransomware programs that block access to data and demand payment of a certain amount to cyber criminals to regain access to valuable information.

    Percentage of malware attacks (Image source: Positive Technologies)

Percentage of malware attacks (Image source: Positive Technologies)

The proportion of such attacks fell from 53 to 44 percent in the quarter. According to experts, such changes are partly due to the attackers’ switch to industrial espionage without encryption devices.

A negative consequence of the decline of ransomware was the growth of so-called wipers – malware aimed at the complete destruction of data without the possibility of their subsequent recovery.

For example, in the first quarter, the proportion of attacks using software to permanently erase data was 3% for organizations and 2% for individuals. Interestingly, in a number of cases, these data “cleaners” simulated ransomware attacks: ransomware messages were left for victims, but no decryption keys were provided, and data was irreversibly corrupted.

For more information on the results of Positive Technologies’ analytical study, please visit the website

To decrypt files without paying ransom, you can use the website No more ransomwhere more than 120 data recovery utilities are available.

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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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