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Oscar Williams

News editor

Two in five British companies were hit by ransomware in the last 12 months

British companies are more likely than others to be hit by ransomware, new research reveals.

Over the last 12 months, 37 per cent of UK-based companies fell victim to the malware, compared to 35 per cent globally, Malwarebytes has found.

UK businesses are also more inclined to pay the ransom, with 49 per cent saying they would cough up, compared to a global average of 42 per cent.

“Businesses of all sizes are increasingly at risk for ransomware attacks,” said Marcin Kleczynski, Malwarebytes CEO. “However, the stakes of a single attack for a small business are far different from the stakes of a single attack for an enterprise.”

But it wasn’t all bad news for UK businesses. The survey of 1,054 companies found that British firms tend to be more resilient in the face of cyber attacks.

Only 17.6 per cent of UK-based organisations reported that the most severe ransomware infection they experienced stopped business immediately, compared to 34.3 per cent of French businesses.

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