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BlackFog State of Ransomware report- September 2023

October 2023 by Blackfog

BlackFog has released its the State of Ransomware report for September 2023. As always, Please feel free to use this report in any news stories, articles or other uses where it will best serve. Additionally, please see below for commentary from Dr. Darren Williams, CEO and Founder, BlackFog:

“Historically, the last few months of the year witness higher attack rates. This year, we have seen even more dramatic increases, with September boasting over double the attack rate compared to the same time last year. In fact, with more than 3 months to go in the year we have already exceeded last year’s tally by 20%, with 407 attacks versus 341 for the entire 2022 year.

The undisclosed attack rates remain relatively unchanged this month with a 526% ratio of unreported to reported attacks.

This month saw some other notable changes, specifically in the sectors of Manufacturing, Technology and Government with 33%, 24% and 23% increases respectively. While, Healthcare and Education continue to lead the way, both with increases of 14% over the previous month.

September also saw BlackCat increase its lead as the primary attack vector with 19.3% of all victims, followed by LockBit at 17.5%. LockBit dominated the number of unreported attacks at 35.2%, followed by BlackCat at 14.1%. As in previous months, data exfiltration continues to dominate as the primary mechanism for extortion at 90% with traffic flowing to China at 32% and Russia 9% of the time.”

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