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North America has been extorted for the most money by ransomware attackers of any region — and the groups targeting it tend to be associated with Russia-based cybercriminal groups, according to a new report.

Users in the region paid $131 million in cryptocurrency to ransomware attackers between July 2020 and June 2021, according to a report from Chainalysis Inc., a crypto-forensics firm. That’s more than double the amount sent from Western Europe, which paid the second-most.

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