Security News > 2023 > April > Ransomware attacks increased 91% in March, as threat actors find new vulnerabilities
Ransomware attacks have spiked, according to the NCC Group's Global Threat Intelligence Team.
In its monthly threat report, NCC Group reported a 91% increase in ransomware attacks in March versus February and a 62% increase versus the month last year - the highest number of monthly ransomware attacks the group has ever measured.
The non-aligned attack group Royal, which appeared in September last year targeting the healthcare sector, was the third most active attacker with a 106% increase in attacks in March versus February.
NCC Group said the increase in attacks by CL0p reflected its exploitation of a vulnerability in Fortra's GoAnywhere managed file transfer used by thousands of organizations around the world, causing large-scale disruption.
The number of victims in professional and commercial services increased 120%. Attacks on machinery, tools, heavy vehicles, trains and ships increased 127%. Attacks on onstruction and engineering sectors increased 16%. Figure C. Pace of ransomware attacks likely to remain brisk.
Matt Hull, global head of threat intelligence at NCC Group, said the huge surge in ransomware attacks last month is likely to be par for the course this year.
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