According to cybersecurity researchers at Digital Shadows, businesses within the industrial goods & services sector have been the top targets of ransomware attacks in the first three quarters of 2021.
As supply chain issues, which have existed since early in the pandemic, continue at a grueling pace, cybercriminals have exacerbated the issue by attacking companies that cannot stretch their bottom line, giving a higher possibility of ransom payment.
Last year, industrial goods & services made up 1-in-3 victims of ransomware.
Digital Shadows did note that during the third quarter, criminals attacked a more diverse range of businesses. While Q3 saw attacks on industrial goods drop by 42%, it also saw a 32% drop in attacks against healthcare.
The United States was the most targeted country, followed by Canada.