The losses of the American economy due to such attacks exceeded $300 million.
The number of attacks using computer ransomware viruses on networks in the United States has increased by 300% over the past year. Such data was cited on Tuesday by US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
“Ransomware viruses are one of the greatest threats in the field of cybersecurity that we face. We have seen a 300 percent increase in the number of attacks [on American computer systems] using ransomware viruses over the past year,” Mayorkas said, speaking at a hearing before the US Senate Committee on Internal Security.
“Only this year we have seen losses [of the American economy] due to [attacks] of ransomware viruses exceeding $300 million,” the head of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.
He assured that the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are working on solving this problem “in close coordination” with partners in other competent bodies of the US federal government and the private sector. The US authorities are helping US private businesses to strengthen security systems designed to prevent attacks using ransomware viruses, Mayorkas assured.
In addition, he said that the Ministry of Internal Affairs is implementing “the largest initiative to hire [its ranks of specialists] in cybersecurity” in the relatively short history of the existence of this department. The Ministry of Internal Affairs was created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.