Estimated average ransom amount demanded by ransomware attackers worldwide from 2014 to H1 2017 (in U.S. dollars)

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Average ransom amount in U.S. dollars
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This statistic shows the estimated average ransom amount demanded by ransomware attackers worldwide from 2014 to the first half of 2017. On average, ransomware attackers demanded 1,071 U.S. dollars from their victims in 2016.
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August 2017
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2014 to H1 2017
Supplementary notes
It is impossible to accurately measure how much money ransomware victims have paid to attackers. Few victims disclose whether they have paid the ransom. Attackers rarely disclose how much money they have made and payments are difficult to trace since each infection usually has a unique cryptocurrency wallet. Ransom payments are frequently siphoned through a chain of wallets and “tumbler” services before the attackers cash out.

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