Ransomware victims able to thwart attacks, report says

The vast majority of companies hit by ransomware attacks were able to stop the attacks by either preventing the malware from getting to their files, by successfully decrypting the files, or by restoring the files from backups, according to a report released today.

In a Vanson Bourne survey of 500 cybersecurity decision makers conducted last month, 48 percent said their organizations had been hit by at least one ransomware attack in the last 12 months, with the average victim hit six times.

In 27 percent of the cases, the attacker couldn’t encrypt any files. In 45 of the attacks, some files were encrypted, but the companies were able to decrypt them on their own. In 25 percent of the cases, the company was able to replace the encrypted files from backups.

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