‘Somehow, it managed to get worse’: Ransomware ticks up in 2020

StateScoop: Despite hopes that ransomware would buck a trend and become less pervasive, 2020 has offered no relief as multiple strains of extortion malware have continued to wreak havoc across IT organizations, particularly state and local governments trying to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic, speakers said Tuesday during a cybersecurity conference.

“How bad was the problem last year? Terrible,” Charles Carmakal, the chief technology officer at Mandiant, the incident response arm of the cybersecurity firm FireEye, said in a conversation during the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Summit. How bad was it this year? Somehow, it managed to get worse.”

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