The year 2020 was marked by an increase in ransomware. This observation is not new and we have come back to this topic several times. According to a survey by PaloAlto Networks in the US and Canada, the average ransom is $ 312,493, down from $ 115,123 in 2019.
Last year, 2,400 American organizations were victims of these attacks, including 1,700 schools and 560 health facilities. A step has been taken and malicious actors no longer hesitate to put patients’ lives at risk. One of the reasons for this was the recent start of a coalition of experts on this subject in the United States. It includes executives from large technology groups such as Microsoft and McAfee, but also officials from the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Better regulation of cryptocurrencies is needed
This new structure has just unveiled a roadmap to combat these threats more effectively. According to analysts, national security is at stake and action should be taken as soon as possible. 48 measures are advocated to get out of the rut. In conclusion, the authors recommend that the United States work in concert with other governments and law enforcement agencies. It is therefore a matter of solving a global problem through a global strategy.
Greater regulation of the cryptocurrency sector is also needed. Analysts believe this would hamper the business model chosen by cyber criminals.
In any case, experts are aware that the problem cannot be solved overnight. The report is therefore only the beginning. However, they warn that if the measures are not implemented, the problem will get worse.
Cybersecurity issues are also becoming a major concern in France, and Emmanuel Macron decided last February to announce a € 1 billion plan to respond.
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