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Hackers will be more aggressive: Canada's spy agency



(Reuters) – Global ransomware attacks increased by 151% in the first half of 2021 compared to 2020 and hackers will become increasingly aggressive, said Canada's signal intelligence service on Monday.

The Communications Security Establishment North American health facilities and a US pipeline said that the scale and scope of ransomware operators represented both security and economic risks to Canada and its allies.

"Ransomware operators are likely to become increasingly aggressive in their approach, including to critical infrastructure." said a report issued by the Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security, a unit within the CSE.

The agency said it was aware of 235 ransomware incidents against Canadian victims from January 1

to November 16 this year. More than half of these victims were critical infrastructure providers.

By 2021, the global average total cost of recovery from a ransomware incident has more than doubled to C $ 2.3 million ($ 1.8 million).

demands for what their victims are most likely to pay, "said the CSE.

The Agency reiterated previous statements that actors in Russia, China and Iran posed a major threat.

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