Educational Technology

February 22, 2017

Report: Number of Ransomware Attacks Grew Nearly 17 Times Larger in 2016

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By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Ransomware surged 16,700 percent from 2015 to 2016, though unique malware samples declined over the same period, according to a new report from network security firm SonicWall. That growth of nearly 17 times represents a swell from about 4 million ransomware attacks in 2015 to approximately 638 million last year. Internet of Things (IoT) devices were also “compromised on a massive scale,” according to SonicWall, owing to poor security design. “2016 could be considered a highly successful year from the perspective of both security professionals and cyber criminals,” according to information released by the company.

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