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Ransomware Attacks Spiked in First Half of 2018, SonicWall Reports

July 10, 2018 / Sean Michael Kerner

SonicWall's mid-year 2018 cyber-threat report reveals that there has been a 229 percent increase in ransomware attacks so far this year. The first half of 2018 has seen a resurgence in ransomware attacks, according to SonicWall's mid-year 2018 cyber-threat report released on July 10. For the first six months of 2018, SonicWall reported that it found 5.99 billion malware attacks, which is a 102 percent increase over the first six months of 2017. Of particular note, is a 229 percent, year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks, with 181.5 million attacks since January. "We have seen an overall increase in Cerber family ransomware attacks in the first half of 2018," Alex Dubrovsky, vice president of software engineering and threat research at SonicWall told eWEEK. "We have also observed a few select strategic network locations targeted by Wannacrypt variants at a very high volume. " Wannacrypt, which is also known as WannaCry, first struck systems around the ...