The ever industrious and forward-looking groups behind the majority of ransomware attacks essentially reinvented the business during the first quarter of 2020 developing new tools and methods that helped boost their success rate.

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic certainly helped these cybercriminals by giving them additional avenues to pursue but the new strategies would likely have been implemented even if coronavirus did not exist. The immediate result was a 33 percent increase in the average ransom payment, primarily driven by a few very large payments, according to Coveware’s latest report.

The average ransom payment was $111,605 for the first quarter, although the median payment remained somewhat stable increase only about $3,000 to $44,021 during this period. For a historical perspective, ransom payments averaged under $10,000 during the third quarter of 2018.

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