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

Average demanded ransomware payments worldwide 2014-2017 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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Average ransom amount in U.S. dollars
2014373
2015294
20161,071
H1 2017544
Average ransom amount in U.S. dollars
2014373
2015294
20161,071
H1 2017544
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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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Release date
August 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
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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