Understanding the 3 Types of Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks are continuing to cover headlines around the world – and hackers are just getting started. Following the release of the White House’s ransomware guidelines, an independent study shows that 80% of victimized companies that pay a ransom are targeted for a second attack. With roughly 85% of America’s critical infrastructure privately owned, it’s important for businesses of all sizes to be prepared and understand the three main types of ransomware attacks in 2021.

Read the full story: 80% of ransomware victims suffer repeat attacks, according to new report – CBS News

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3 Types of Ransomware Attacks

Traditional Ransomware AttacksHackers encrypt the victim’s most critical company data, demanding a ransom from the company in return for a decryption key.

Double Extortion Ransomware Attacks – After stealing and encrypting data, hackers threaten to release it to share it to the dark web if the ransom isn’t paid.

Triple Extortion Ransomware Attacks – Data for the victimized company, their customers, and their partners is stolen, encrypted, and at risk of being shared online – the worst-case scenario.


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