In 2017, 26.2 percent of ransomware targets were business users, compared to 22.6 percent in 2016. This is due in part to three unprecedented ransomware attacks targeting corporate networks that forever changed the landscape of this increasingly virulent threat, which Kaspersky Lab has named its key topic for 2017.
The year 2017 will be remembered as a time when the ransomware threat suddenly evolved with advanced threat actors targeting businesses worldwide, using a series of destructive worm-powered attacks whose ultimate goal remains a mystery. These attacks included WannaCry on May 12, ExPetr on June 27 and BadRabbit in late October, which all used exploits designed to compromise corporate networks. Businesses were also targeted by other ransomware and Kaspersky Lab prevented ransomware infections on over 240,000 corporate users overall.
Read more about the ransomware trends in 2017 on Security Magazine.