Enterprises Lose US$209m To Ransomware In First Half of 2016

The topic of ransomware never seems to be far away these days. Online threats are a significant concern for both individual users and enterprises around the world. With the first half of 2016 behind us, it is evident ransomware will not go away anytime soon. Enterprises lost US$209m due to these attacks in the first six months of 2016.

Ransomware Leads To Mounting Financial Losses

The new report, released by Trend Micro, paints a very worrisome picture for the enterprise sector. Despite numerous warnings being used over the dangers of ransomware, the number of successful attacks continues to rise. But that is the last of concerns right now, despite the US$209m in financial losses.

More forms of ransomware have been discovered in the first two-quarters of 2016 than ever before. To be more precise, the number of unique threats has grown by nearly 100% compared to all of 2015. This goes to show the malware industry is firing on all cylinders, and more threats can be expected.

Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes told the media:

“Ransomware is capable of crippling organisations who face it, and the cyber criminals spearheading these attacks are creatively evolving on a continuous basis to keep

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