In June 2021, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) began tracking ransomware attacks that targeted critical infrastructure organizations, following the SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline incidents which occurred earlier in the year.
From June 2021 onward, the IC3 received 649 complaints that indicated organizations belonging to a critical infrastructure sector were victims of a ransomware attack. Of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the United States, 14 had at least one organization fall victim to a ransomware attack in 2021.
The report also includes a breakdown of the three most prevalent cyber gangs that targeted critical infrastructure. The IC3 says it anticipates an increase in critical infrastructure victimization in 2022.