Australia is one of the top 10 countries hit hardest by ransomware

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Ransomware infections continue to trend upwards as the world reels from the impact of the WannaCry and Petya outbreaks earlier this year.

While the US is still the country most affected by ransomware, Australia ranks in the top 10 feeling the effects of those attacks.

According to a new report by Norton, organisations accounted for 42% of all ransomware infections during the first six months of 2017, up from 30% in 2016 and 29% in 2015.

In addition, businesses in particular are most at risk to a new and highly disruptive avenue of attack known as worm-type threats, which can spread in minutes across poorly secured networks.

It seem attackers may have also found a “sweet spot” with the average ransom demand appearing to have stabilised at US$544 ($AU687).

Following on from the US, the other regions most affected by ransomware during 2017 to date include Japan (9%), Italy (8%), India (4%), and Germany (4%) were also heavily affected. The top 10 regions were rounded out by Netherlands (3%), UK (3%), Australia (3%), Russia (3%), and Canada (3%).

See that in the chart below.

Norton

Read the full report here.

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