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According to a recent report by cyber security company CrowdStrike, ransomware-related information leaks have increased by over 82% between 2020 and 2021. The Global Threat Report is published for the ninth year in a row, reviews information and provides insights into global cyber threats.

The report found that ransomware-related information leak attacks increased from 52 in 2020 to 105 in 2021 in the education sector, and from 94 to 154 attacks per year in the health sector. In terms of ransomware-related data leaks, there were 82% more in 2021 – about 2,686 attacks, compared to 1,474 attacks in 2020 – and attackers demanded an average of $ 6.1 million per ransom, an increase of 36% over 2020.

Since the spread of the Coronavirus in 2020, health, economics, and technology have changed dramatically, and the attackers have improved their skills and become even more sophisticated.

A series of high-profile attacks have resulted, causing a stir in many organizations. It has been a significant event in the history of cyber security.

In another report published by CrowdStrike in November 2021, campussafetymagazine.com reported that 82% of hospitals had been targeted by IoT and cyber attacks between March 200 and September 2021. 34% of them involved ransomware.

As reported by iHls, The Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera was the target of a ransomware-type cyber attack on Oct. 13, 2021, which damaged the hospitals’ computer systems, depriving their medical staff of any kind of computer access. By a decision of the Ministry of Health, the hospital did not pay the ransom, which was about $3.5 million.