News broke today that the number of people who reported ransomware infections to US authorities has gone down last year, according to a yearly FBI Internet crime report. During 2017, the FBI says it received only 1,783 complaints regarding ransomware infections, a number far smaller than the 2,673 complaints it received in 2016, and the 2,453 complaints received in 2015. Andy Norton, Director of Threat Intelligence at Lastline commented below.
Andy Norton, Director of Threat Intelligence at Lastline:
“Other cyber threats are now not only more common but also more severe than ransomware . Data theft , business email compromise and data breach are the threats causing the most damage to organizations . Other threats monetized through cryptocurrency such as cryptojacking have also replaced the ransomware payload as a preferred method of attack.”