Ransomware is everywhere. It plagues businesses big and small, across the globe, even in the most hidden corners.

Still, over the past year, certain industries have been feeling the pain more than others. A Malwarebytes quarterly report released last August found that detections of ransomware among organizations rose 365 percent from Q2 2018 to Q2 2019, with a particularly high frequency of attacks against cities and municipalities, health care facilities and educational institutions.

Telemetry from Trend Micro’s global threat intelligence network picked up on similar trends. In July, the cybersecurity firm reported that in the first half of 2019, governments were most often targeted by ransomware (27 percent of observed attacks), followed by manufacturing companies (20 percent) and health care organizations (14 percent). Retail and education were neck-in-neck after that.

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