MINDSMITH report reveals that local governments of the swing states were the most vulnerable to ransomware attacks in 2020
MOSCOW, October 22, 2020 (Newswire.com) – MINDSMITH, a tech think tank specializing in cybersecurity and high technologies consulting, education and research, conducted a study on the ransomware landscape in U.S. state bodies in 2020.
Since the beginning of 2020, U.S. state bodies at various levels have been attacked by ransomware at least 93 times in 68% of states. Nevertheless, it was found that 42% of attacks occurred in the battleground states of the upcoming U.S. presidential elections.
With the spread of the coronavirus, many other important viruses began to fade into the background. However, there is no panacea for ransomware. Prevention requires hard work building new tools, new policies, and new methods of network security. This study analyzed the publicly available information on ransomware attacks on U.S. state bodies in 2020 and identified the most exposed regions of the country. Thus, in-depth analysis has shown that the majority of ransomware attacks (38%) targeted local authorities and city governments. And by the industrial segregation, 18% of ransomware attacks paralyzed the work of local school districts.
Other findings discovered by the research include:
Government authorities of Texas were the most exposed to ransomware attacks (13% of all attacks)
More than half (55%) of all ransomware attacks occurred in the first quarter of 2020, and, most often, U.S. state bodies were attacked in January (24%), February (23%), and May (16%)
More than half of the attacks (54%) occurred at the city level, almost a third (28%) at the county level, and 18% of the attacks affected the entire state.
MINDSMITH was established in 2018 in Moscow, Russia. The company conducts complex studies, intensive learning trainings and strategic consulting in high technologies.
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