In the past twelve months, the word “ransomware” has popped up in countless headlines worldwide across both print and digital publications: The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, the New York Times. It is no longer just being discussed by CISOs and security professionals, but politicians, school administrators, and hospital directors. Words like Babuk and REvil have entered the everyday lexicon. This is a threat that seems almost inescapable, regardless of whether or not users occupy the cybersecurity or tech space – and it is having a direct impact on lives.
That is precisely why we have chosen ransomware as our story of the year for Kaspersky’s annual Security Bulletin. But how did we get here and what has changed about the ransomware landscape since it was first our story of the year in 2019?