Ransomware: SMEs and small organizations in the crosshairs of criminals

Ran & ccedil; software: SMEs and small organizations in the sights of criminals

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Criminal groups that employ ransomware seem to take great pleasure in targeting small and medium-sized businesses and organizations, the latter making up nearly two-thirds of victims of this type of cyberattack in Canada in the former six months of the year 2021.

However, it is attacks against large organizations that remain the most lucrative, even if they have a more sophisticated protection architecture.

The Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security, associated with the Department of National Defense, identified a total of 235 such “incidents” in the country between January 1 and November 16, according to a new report released Monday.

Ransomware – the cyberattack that consists of blocking access to a company's data to ask for a sum of money in return – represents “the greatest threat to the cybersecurity of Canadians and Canadian businesses”, it is recalled. .

After a sharp increase over the period from 2019 to 2020, the amount demanded in return for organizational data has “stabilized” at around $ 200,000, “a slight decrease from are 2020 ”.

“We believe that the ransom market has probably reached a point of equilibrium: perpetrators of threats are increasingly able to adapt their demands to the amounts their victims are liable to pay given the increasing costs of recovery and risk of reputational damage if their data were disclosed, “the report wrote.

For example,” as of March 2020, nearly a quarter of small Canadian businesses – many of them had to use more online platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic – were victims of a malicious cyber incident ”. This number could be higher, as these are only the reported cases.

In Quebec, ransomware has claimed many victims of all stripes, ranging from private companies like Promutuel Assurances, to parastatal organizations like the STM. Unscrupulous criminals do not hesitate to attack certain municipalities, such as Châteauguay, and even hospitals, such as the Jewish General Hospital.

On this subject, experts from the Canadian Center for cybersecurity claim that “ransomware operator groups are also increasingly targeting emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies, which are struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.”


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