Ransomware – The Other Epidemic

Jan 13, 2022 / by Linda Jancik posted in Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Tech News, Homeowners, Cyber, New/Emerging Risks, P&C Insurers, AAIS News & Views, AAIS Insights, Data/Tech, Insurance Line of Business, cyber risk, cyber insurnace, ransomware


Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid and can target both individuals and businesses. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform shared that “in 2020, ransomware attacks on both public and private institutions in the U.S cost an estimated $19.5 billion. … in the first six months of 2021, financial institutions reported $590 million in ransomware-related transactions. Current trends indicate that ransomware transactions in 2021 alone will exceed the previous 10 years combined.”

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