Security Brief, April 13, 2022

Ransomware payments hit new records in 2021 as cybercriminals increasingly turned to Dark Web leak sites where they pressured victims to pay up by threatening to release sensitive data, according to research from Unit 42 by Palo Alto Networks.

The average ransom demand in cases worked by the Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 security consultants rose 144% in 2021 to $2.2 million, while the average payment climbed 78% to $541,010, the report found.

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