Businesses in Canada, with 62 attacks, are the third most likely worldwide to have their data held hostage, said new research by NordLocker. Researchers, who analyzed 1,200 companies hit by ransomware gangs in 2020 and 2021, said the U.S. (732 cases), U.K. (74), France (58) and Germany (39) filled out the top five.
As for economic sector, construction companies were most likely to be victimized (93 attacks), followed by manufacturing (86). Finance, healthcare, education, technology and IT, logistics and transportation, automotive, municipal services, and legal round out the top 10.
“The latest statistics indicate that a worrying 37% of companies worldwide became victims of ransomware in 2020,” said Oliver Noble, a cybersecurity expert at encrypted cloud service provider NordLocker.