Verizon DBIR Report: Majority of Ransomware Attacks Include Data Theft
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According to Verizon’s 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report, ransomware attacks that included data exposure grew 13% in 2021 compared to the previous year.
By comparison, ransomware attacks in which data were exposed had climbed just 6% in 2020, year-over-year, which was deemed a large increase. Ransomware rarely involved data theft in its early days, but "now the majority of ransomware events include an element of the threat actor taking and exfiltrating the underlying data,” Chris Novak, managing director of the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center, said. In its 15th year, the study analyzed 5,212 confirmed breaches and 23,896 security incidents overall for 2021. (Kyle Alspach / Protocol)