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The 10 Biggest Ransomware Attacks of 2019

Multinational manufacturers and U.S. city and county governments spent more $176 million responding to the biggest ransomware attacks of 2019, spending on everything from rebuilding networks and restoring backups to paying the hackers ransom.

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The U.S. was hit by a barrage of ransomware attacks in 2019 that impacted at least 948 government agencies, educational establishments and health-care providers at a potential cost in excess of $7.5 billion, according to a December Emsisoft report. This occurred due to the use of increasingly sophisticated types of ransomware like Ryuk specifically designed to exploit weaknesses.

Multinational manufacturers and U.S. city and county governments spent at least $176 million on costs related to ransomware attacks ranging from investigating the attack, rebuilding networks and restoring backups to paying the hackers ransom and putting preventative measures in place to avoid future incidents.

The two most costly ransomware attacks impacted industrial companies based in Continental Europe, with six of the remaining incidents striking city government, one impacting a county government, and one walloping a collection of cities and towns. Several health-care firms were also hit with ransomware in 2019, but the ransom amounts tended to be smaller and mitigation costs weren’t disclosed.

Here’s an examination of 10 of the biggest ransomware attacks during the past year.

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