Ransomware: 2,300+ local governments, schools, healthcare providers impacted in 2021


Jonathan Greig

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Jonathan Greig, Staff Writer

Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig
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Jonathan Greig is a journalist based in New York City.

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on January 18, 2022

| Topic: Ransomware

More than 2,300 local governments, schools, and healthcare organizations in the US were affected by ransomware attacks in 2021, according to a new report from security company Emsisoft. 

The company found that at least 77 state and municipal governments, 1,043 schools, and 1,203 healthcare providers were impacted by a ransomware incident last year. The attacks also led to 118 data breaches, exposing troves of sensitive information. 

Emsisoft noted that while the numbers are still high, the 77 local governments attacked represents a decrease compared to 2020 and 2019, both of which saw 113 governments hit. 

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