It is reported that the ransomware attack has begun to focus not only on the threat of large companies but also on 'people's daily lives' such as food and medical care.

Ransomware attacks have been on the rise in recent years, with the largest oil pipeline in the United States shutting down in May 2021 and the all-American factory owned by the world's largest meat processing industry shutting down in June of the same year. I'm doing it. The Washington Post, a large American letter, reports on the victims of these ransomware attacks, saying 'the worst can happen.'

How ransomware is impacting regular people --The Washington Post

Ransomware Is Increasingly Impacting Day-to-Day Life — Pixel Envy

Ransomware attacks are a type of cyberattack in which malware forces access to a system and demands a ransom. So far, ransomware attacks have mainly targeted personal information and confidential information owned by large companies, such as the case where the personal information of up to 350,000 people was leaked from Capcom and the case where Acer was charged about 5 billion yen. I did.

Capcom may have leaked up to 350,000 personal information due to unauthorized access attack, information on game titles to be announced in the future, etc. --GIGAZINE

However, in recent years, the effects of ransomware attacks have extended to people's immediate lives, The Washington Post points out. A ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, America's largest oil pipeline operator, in May 2021 caused a gas shortage as the company shut down 45% of its fuel supply on the east coast of the United States. There were long lines at gas stations, and some even tried to store gasoline in 'plastic bags'. As a result, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission eventually issued an official warning, 'Please stop storing gasoline in plastic bags.'

America's largest oil pipeline shuts down due to ransomware attack, Biden administration declares emergency-GIGAZINE

Furthermore, in the JBS case, the company was a cornerstone of the food supply chain, accounting for 20% of the meat supply in the United States, and it was reported that there was a great deal of turmoil in the American meat industry.

The world's largest meat maker JBS is attacked by ransomware, and all beef factories in the United States are shut down, and there is a prospect of recovery, but the impact is enormous --GIGAZINE

In addition to the Colonial Pipeline and JBS incidents, The Washington Post has delayed ferry operations between Massachusetts and Martha's Vignyard due to ransomware attacks, and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical has been unable to access medical data for nearly a month. He reported the opinion of an expert that 'the number of cases reported is 20 to 30 times as many as reported', citing the delay in treatment for chemotherapy patients. It reports that ransomware attacks are far more frequent than is known to the world.

Meanwhile, blogger Nick Heer said of the report, 'Ransomware attacks are made up of crypto assets, a technology that makes it difficult to identify trading parties.' He accuses criminals of using crypto assets for criminal activity.

According to a Reuters report, the US Department of Justice has raised the priority of responding to ransomware attacks to the same level as terrorism in response to a series of large-scale incidents caused by these ransomware attacks.

The United States raises the priority of responding to ransomware attacks to the same level as terrorism --GIGAZINE

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