DarkSide became one of the world’s most well-known hacking groups after the FBI confirmed it was responsible for the Colonial Pipeline attack. The attack underscored that ransomware is truly becoming an epidemic as ransomware operators have spent the global lockdown optimizing their business model to prey on organizations that are more and more reliant on technology. Essentially, as organizations go more digital, the attackers get bolder and greedier.
Threat actors like DarkSide are getting a lot more money for their efforts. According to Unit 42 research, the average ransom paid was US$312,493 in 2020 – more than double that of 2019. Not even midway through 2021, the average payment has nearly tripled compared to 2020, to about $850,000.
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