A new study released Wednesday predicts ransomware hackers are likely to hit over the next six weeks – between Thanksgiving and New Year’s – and that some companies and consumers are not prepared to respond to stop the attacks.
Cybereason, a Boston-based cyber analytics firm, shared with the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit the results of a survey of more than a thousand businesses that have already been victims of ransomware. The findings show nearly nine in 10 worry about holiday cyber attacks, but one in four still don’t have plans in place to respond quickly, and seven in 10 admit they’ve been drunk when responding in the past on holidays and weekends.
"Most people are not ready for those hacks that's going to come very shortly,” warned Lior Div, CEO of Cybereason.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office – the non-partisan watchdog for Congress – found the number of ransomware attacks against schools more than doubled this past year, now making up 57% of all such incidents reported to a multi-state information clearinghouse.
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