Ransomware is a burgeoning criminal industry of staggering size, scope, and sophistication, extorting billions of dollars from victims, with vast implications for national security. Since 2019, more than $2 billion dollars has been paid to ransomware groups. Payments topped $1 billion dollars in 2021 alone.
This visualization shows the evolution of the criminal organizations carrying out global ransomware attacks, from 2015 to the end of 2021. The size of each bubble corresponds to the total dollar amount of ransom collected from victims in the form of bitcoin. A bubble’s color represents the group's country of origin. The bar chart at the bottom displays the total dollar amount of ransom collected in each month.
Ransomware collection figures were compiled using Elementus' best-in-class blockchain analytics technology, which allows for the tracking of ransomware payments made in bitcoin as they move across digital wallets.
Countries of origin are estimates based on a variety of factors and are unverified.
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