Some good news, for once: Health care and government organizations started 2021 with ransomware incidents at their lowest point in more than a year.
Recorded Future reports that there were just two ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations in January, a fourfold decrease from the monthly average in 2020. In addition, state and local governments reported four ransomware incidents in January, compared to 14 attacks in December 2020 and 15 in December 2019.
Allan Liska, a ransomware expert at Recorded Future, said one explanation for the decline are the various crackdowns on ransomware groups. In January, the Department of Justice brought charges against a Canadian national as part of its effort to take global action against operators of the NetWalker ransomware. Earlier this month, French and Ukranian law enforcement arrested individuals allegedly tied to the Egregor ransomware-as-a-service operation, and in January, Europol announced an action to disrupt and take control of the Emotet botnet.
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