Ransomware's New Trend: Exfiltration and Extortion

Unit 42 by Palo Alto Networks | 06/24/2021

It has almost become cliché in cybersecurity that the threat landscape continues to evolve quickly. Following this well-defined trend, we have observed that two key areas have seen a rapid evolution in recent years: data exfiltration and extortion. Our data shows that cyber criminals are exfiltrating data more frequently and increasingly leveraging that data to coerce well chosen targets to comply with their demands.

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