UK Ransomware Statistics 2024

Updated on 08 March 2024

70% Increase

UK ransomware attacks increased by 70% each month in 2021, highlighting the growing threat of these types of attacks.

$29.1 million

Ransomware complaints increased by 62% in 2020, with reported losses exceeding $29.1 million.


The healthcare sector was the most affected by ransomware, with a total of 2,474 complaints received by the IC3 (the Internet Crime Complaint Center).

Most Common Cyber Attack

In 2020, the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reported that ransomware attacks were the most common form of malware incidents faced by UK businesses.

Over 50% of Businesses

A 2020 survey by IT service Databarracks, found that over half of UK-based businesses had been targeted by ransomware attacks in the previous 12 months.


According to a 2019 report by the cyber security firm Emsisoft, UK organisations paid out over £7.5 million in ransomware payments in the first nine months of the year.

Healthcare and Finance

In 2018, a survey by Sophos found that over half of UK-based businesses had been hit by ransomware attacks in the previous year. The most heavily targeted sectors included healthcare and finance.

1/2 of UK Businesses

Another report completed in 2018 by Beaming found that UK businesses faced an average of 146,491 attempted cyber attacks per day, with ransomware being one of the most common forms of attack.

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