Let’s take a break from worrying about the economy to consider some good news: ransomware payments are declining, thanks to the efforts of the U.S. government and its international partners, according to Bloomberg.
The numbers: “Ransom payments fell to $456.8 million in 2022, a steep drop from the $765.6 million reported in 2021, according to the blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, which tracks such payments by examining crypto wallets.”
- “The cyber incident response firm Coveware, meanwhile, said the number of clients that pay a ransom decreased to 41%. That’s a massive decline from the 76% that paid in 2019.”
Why it’s happening: The U.S. government committed to tackling ransomware attacks about two years ago, and those efforts may be paying off.
- “Contributing to this effort are U.S. sanctions against businesses that facilitate extortion payments, targeted shutdowns of marketplaces frequented by hackers and a new wave of regulations designed to bolster the cybersecurity defenses of businesses.”
Worth noting: There are also other factors at play, including that “suspected scammers keep getting arrested, hacking groups fall apart amid internal infighting [and] security firms are keeping pace with the latest malware strains.”
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