Researchers security published a report highlighting the risks of one ransomware attack. Specifically, the researchers report that the payment of ransomware gangs can cause even greater loss to company-victim. Why; Why The hackers they can get the ransom and not decrypt it data.
According to a security company investigation Proofpoint, 33% of organizations infected with ransomware opted to pay ransom.
However, many of these organizations (22%) reported that while paying ransom, failed to gain access to the data. The files remained encrypted. 9% said that after payment, the hackers demanded more money.
According to researchers, many of those who paid for the ransom have learned something that has long been known. Thieves have no "honor". You can never trust them. The same goes for ransomware gangs of course.
The survey involved 600 security professionals from seven countries. Experts have said that about 65% of the organizations they represent are affected by some kind of ransomware. This means that companies cannot access in their data after the malicious software encrypts them.
In many cases, ransomware gangs are exploited old systems and networks, which are usually more vulnerable.
"Healthcare organizations and state and local authorities were hit hard in 2019," the report said.
"Ransomware has the ability to" block "critical infrastructure and disrupt it services which is vital. An organization can conclude that paying ransom is the easiest and cheapest way to keep it running. "
However, this is not right. Companies should not succumb to hacker blackmail.