Number of Ransomware Surged by as Much as 143% Globally in 2023

By: Beinsure
NEW YORK - Nov. 23, 2023 - PRLog -- 2023 year has seen a worrying resurgence in ransomware and extortion claims, resulting in an uptick in costly incidents, demonstrating that although progress is being made, the threat posed by ransomware shows little sign of abating, according to Allianz report about cyber security insurance trends.

The analysis of a number of large insurance cyber losses shows that the proportion of cases in which data is exfiltrated is increasing every year – from 40% of cases in 2019 to around 77% of cases in 2022, with 2023 on course to surpass last year's total.

Most ransomware attacks now involve the theft of personal or sensitive commercial data for the purpose of extortion, adding further cost and complexity, as well as the increased potential for reputational damage and third-party liability.

Reports note that the number of ransomware victims surged by as much as 143% globally during the Q1 of 2023 with January and February seeing the highest number of hack and leak cases in three years.

Ransomware alone is projected to cost its victims approximately $265bn annually by 2031.

Companies that are routinely and properly managing their data, making sure it is stored appropriately and deleted when it is no longer required, will reduce the amount of data at risk.

An intrusion can quickly escalate, and once data is encrypted and / or stolen, the consequences and costs snowball – costs can be as much as, or even more than, 1,000 times higher than if an incident is not detected and contained early, shows Beinsure's Cyber Security Global Trends ( report.

Analysis of a number of larger insurance industry cyber losses (>€1mn) between 2019 and the end of the first half of 2023 shows that the proportion of cases in which data is exfiltrated increases from year to year – from 40% of cases in 2019 to around 77% of cases in 2022, with 2023 on course to surpass 2022's total.

In June, ransomware group Clop carried out a successful mass cyber-attack that is thought to have impacted thousands of companies, compromising the data of millions of individuals and businesses. Clop exploited a 'zero-day' vulnerability in MOVEit file transfer software to steal data from companies and public sector organizations, threatening to publish the data if they failed to pay a ransom demand.

According to Cybersecurity Spending Trends ( report, the attack affected a number of large corporates, including energy giant Shell, British Airways, broadcaster the BBC, logistics firm DHL, insurer Genworth Financial, as well as the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Energy.

Several factors are combining to make data exfiltration more attractive for threat actors. The scope and amount of personal information being collected is increasing, while privacy and data breach regulations are tightening globally.
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