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The prevalence of ransomware attacks is growing, therefore it’s important to take precautions.

There may have been a brief reprieve from ransomware assaults during the summer, but new data suggests that the attacks are on the rise again.

Avast’s Q2/2022 Threat Report says global ransomware attacks rose 24% in three months (compared to Q1 2022).

After “months of decrease,” Argentina (56% surge), the UK (55%), Brazil (50%), France (42%), and India (37%) saw the biggest endpoint increases.

Avast Malware Research Director Jakub Kroustek claims law enforcement “busting” ransomware group members and the Ukraine war caused the reduction in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.

Ransomware operators didn’t replace keyboards with AK-47s, but their aim shifted to aid political agendas.

Conti, a big ransomware operator, was hit the hardest, Kroustek says. Members and affiliates disagreed with Conti’s attitude, slowing and stopping operations.

“Q2/2022 altered dramatically. Conti members have created new ransomware organisations, like Black Basta and Karakurt, or may join Hive, BlackCat, or Quantum, prompting an uptick in activity.

When the Ukraine incursion began, Conti publicly backed the Russian administration and threatened cyberattackers. This upset Conti’s Ukrainian associates. One hacker leaked Conti’s source code and private communications. Conti’s members joined other ransomware organisations in late May.

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