Giving into ransom demands may not only lead to more ransomware attacks, but also more sophisticated ones, according to new research by Coveware. In a report published Monday, the security vendor said average and median ransom payments were up in the first quarter this year, and some ransomware groups appear to have used their profits to acquire more efficient ways to infiltrate organizations. For attack vectors in the first quarter, Coveware noted a decline in phishing emails and a rise in exploited software vulnerabilities; the most commonly used vulnerabilities, according to the report, were known flaws in VPN products from Fortinet and Pulse Secure.
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