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Dark web sec firm lists more than 800 ransomware attacks in last 12 months

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A total of 809 ransomware attacks have taken place in the last 12 months, according to DarkTracer, a company that develops a dark web intelligence platform.

The company created a graph to show the number of attacks for each group, with Maze beating the rest by a big margin, having been used in 262 attacks.

Well behind, was the Conti ransomware which was used in 122 attacks, followed by REvil or Sodinokibi (92), DoppelPaymer (81) and NetWalker (70).

Ransomware has become a massive problem for businesses over the period of the pandemic, with some attackers not even bothering to avoid hitting hospitals and other organisations which render aid to ill people.

A total of 17 groups have been covered by DarkTracer.

While companies like the New Zealand-based Emsisoft issue comprehensive reports about attacks on certain sectors, like the US public sector, this is the first attempt to keep track of all the attacks.

But it is likely that some attacks would have been missed, for instance those who promptly pay up, or those who are listed on the dark web and then pay to be taken off. The latter process often happens very fast. 

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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