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Ransomware attacks surge, target mining, RE sectors


Ransomware attacks on industrial organisations increased by 87% in 2022, hitting renewable energy and utilities. Hackers targeted mining, food, water, electrical, and natural gas sectors, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Dragos. The report comes after Chainalysis previously concluded total ransomware payments were down for the year, although it did not indicate fewer attacks. In a report, Dragos said hackers last year targeted mining industries in Australia and New Zealand and continued their focus on renewable energy companies in the US and the European Union. Robert M Lee, Dragos’ chief executive officer, said they are going after manufacturing a lot more than electric and oil and gas. Dragos recommended organisations create effective response plans, have tools for monitoring their infrastructure, and secure access to their systems by implementing two-factor authentication.

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