Ransomware Detections Soar in the United States


Ransomware rates have been on the rise over the last year throughout the world. However, new data uncovered by Malwarebytes shows that the dangerous malware has been particularly threatening to those in the United States. And it isn’t just businesses being targeted. Cybercriminal gangs (primarily based in Eastern and Central Europe) are consistently attacking and victimizing both American businesses and home users with ransomware.


  • All metrics are from data collected from July 1 to October 15, 2016
  • Malwarebytes reviewed hundreds of thousands of ransomware detections from Malwarebytes software deployed on nearly 50 million endpoints
  • Malwarebytes detected ransomware incidents in more than 200 countries
  • The US ranked the highest of all countries for ransomware incidents, with 26 percent of the global total

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