Interpol and Kaspersky Lab have teamed up to fight ransomware viruses

Interpol and Kaspersky Lab are launching an anti-Ransomware Day campaign to raise awareness of ransomware viruses.

The campaign was launched
on the third anniversary of the beginning of the spread of the wannacry ransomware virus. As part of the collaboration, Interpol and Kaspersky Lab want to raise awareness of the consequences of ransomware attacks that continue to harm individual users and businesses around the world.

According to a study by Kaspersky Lab, until October 2019, WannaCry remained the largest of this type of attack. Companies affected by WannaCry suffered losses of $1.46 million on average. The researchers said that during 2019, about 767,907 users were affected by ransomware attacks, and 30% of them were corporate users.

Sergey Martsynkyan, head of B2B product marketing at Kaspersky Lab, told Infosecurity-Magazine:

“The threat remains relevant today, as there are users who may not know much about it yet and may become victims of ransomware viruses. The good news is that the right approach to security and appropriate measures can make such viruses another non-critical threat.”

The Director of Interpol in combating cybercrime Craig Jones (Craig Jones) added:

“Cybercriminals are diversifying their threat vectors to launch cyber attacks that exploit the coronavirus pandemic. These cyber threats cause serious harm to people and organizations, which exacerbates the already difficult situation in the world. The moment has come when we must unite to stop them.”

According to Emsisoft, the number of successful ransomware attacks on the US public sector has significantly decreased
– in the first quarter of this year, only 89 organizations were subjected to them. However, the spread of viruses has not stopped worldwide, despite the pandemic.

In early April, Interpol warned that cybercriminals have stepped up efforts to spread ransomware viruses in hospital information systems in order to obtain large ransoms in cryptocurrency. At the end of last month, hackers infected
a ransomware virus ransomed the information system of the Parkview medical center and demanded a ransom in cryptocurrency, and last week a similar attack was carried out
the largest network of private hospitals in Europe.