Ransomware Authors Target Education and Government Organizations
This year saw an increase in ransomware and phishing, but the main targets were education and government organizations. The pandemic and lockdowns offered numerous opportunities for attackers, and many businesses in these two industries suffered several data breaches in 2021. Reports of these attacks show that they continue to be a main threat for bad actors to steal data and blackmail businesses out of millions of dollars.
Universities as Primary Targets
Education businesses were also a primary target, mainly universities. College students must provide several data points that expose their social security numbers, financial information, and contact data. Universities also are notorious for having poor cybersecurity, so they become a good target for attackers looking to exfiltrate sensitive data as quickly as possible.
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