Ransomware warning: Attacks are rising, and they'll keep coming if victims keep paying

A growing wave of increasingly sophisticated ransomware attacks poses a threat to critical infrastructure and organisations around the world – and attacks will continue as long as victims keep giving in to ransom demands, a joint advisory by cybersecurity bodies in the US, UK and Australia has warned.

The advisory from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has detailed the growing risk posed by ransomware and has urged businesses to take action to protect themselves from attacks.

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The NCSC describes ransomware as “the biggest cyber threat facing the United Kingdom”, with education one of the top targets of ransomware gangs, alongside businesses, charities, local government and the health sectors.

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The FBI, CISA and NSA warn that 14 of the 16 US critical infrastructure sectors have been targeted by ransomware, including defence, industrial systems, emergency services, food and agriculture, government and information technology, while the ACSC has warned that ransomware attacks continue to target critical infrastructure across Australia.

In what represents the first international joint advisory on

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