Google has published a new ransomware report, revealing Israel was far and away the largest submitter of samples during that period.
According to the report [PDF], Israel, South Korea, Vietnam, china, Singapore, India, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Iran and the UK were the 10 most affected territories based on the number of submissions reviewed by VirusTotal.
Israel had the higher number of submissions and that amount was a near-600% increase from its baseline amount of submissions. The report did not state what Israel’s baseline amount of submissions was during that period.
From the start of 2020, ransomware activity was at its peak during the first two quarters of 2020, which VirusTotal attributed to activity by ransomware-as-a-service group GandCrab.
“GandCrab had an extraordinary peak in Q1 2020 which dramatically decreased afterwards. It is still active but at a different order of magnitude in terms of the number of fresh samples,” VirusTotal said.