Ransomware and Extortion Report
By Unit 42, Palo Alto Networks
In the 2023 Unit 42 Ransomware Threat Report explores recent incident response cases, as well as our threat intelligence analysts’ assessment of the larger threat landscape. It also offers predictions for how we believe threat actors will use ransomware and extortion tactics going forward. As of late 2022, threat actors engaged in data theft in about 70% of cases on average, Compare this to mid-2021, and we saw data theft in only about 40$ of cases on average. Threat actors often threaten to leak stolen data on dark web leak sites, which are increasingly a key component of their efforts to extort organizations.