US government lacks ransomware data
A new report from the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs has revealed that the US government lacks comprehensive data on ransomware attacks.
Notably, the report shows that authorities are largely in the dark as to how much is lost in ransom payments.
The report is the culmination of a 10-month investigation into ransomware. It cites FBI statistics that reveal the agency received 3729 ransomware complaints with relative losses upwards of $49.2m. The report stated, however, that these figures “likely drastically underestimate the actual number of attacks and ransom payments made by victims and related losses.”