Malware Alert Google analysed 80 million ransomware samples: Here's what it found


Level 37
Feb 4, 2016
Israel has submitted the largest amount of ransomware samples since the start of 2020, according to a study.

Google has published a new ransomware report, revealing Israel was far and away the largest submitter of samples during that period.
The tech giant commissioned cybersecurity firm VirusTotal to conduct the analysis, which entailed reviewing 80 million ransomware samples from 140 countries.

According to the report [PDF], Israel, South Korea, Vietnam, China, Singapore, India, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Iran and the UK were the 10 most affected territories based on the number of submissions reviewed by VirusTotal.


Staff member
Apr 9, 2020
There is something seriously wrong with those numbers. GandCrab does not infect any machines anymore since 2019.
Whilst I can confirm that yet unseen samples are shared from various sample sources, these are not from active infections or distributions. Not sure why they are still shared, though.