• Elisabeth Buscemi

Ransom Attacks Fewer, More Targeted

A new report from McAfee Labs shows the US had the second-lowest detection rate globally of ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2021. The average detection rate was 0.31%, according to the report by international cybersecurity company.


The study also discusses how attacks on the finance and insurance sectors have gone up by 41% since Q4 2020. The most common attack methods were malware and account hijacking, and the most prolific hacker groups were REvil, RansomeXX, and Ryuk.


The number of attacks decreased in Q1 as attackers shifted from mass-spread campaigns towards fewer but more lucrative targets. “Most of these larger targeted victims received a custom-created variant of the ransomware family,” according to the report. McAfee’s data comes from the millions of sensors they scan across key threat vectors.