2021-03-16 09:00Press release

Swedish Companies Heavily Targeted by Cybercriminals – Attacks Have Tripled

The growth of the cybercriminal business affecting Swedish organizations reflects the worldwide trend. The number of ransom attacks has tripled during 2020, and more enterprises have been victims of data theft. The annual cost of cybercrime in Sweden is now exceeding 30 billion SEK. This is shown in a new report from the cybersecurity company Truesec, which has analyzed the threat landscape.

“The development of Ransomware-as-a-service platforms combined with inadequate cybersecurity capabilities have contributed to a record increase in ransom attacks in Sweden during 2020. Compared to 2019, the attacks have tripled”, says Marcus Murray, founder of Truesec.

Companies are Blackmailed for Record-high Ransom Amounts

The Truesec report shows an increase in ransomware attacks paired with another form of ransom attack. Attackers steal data from the victim´s network and then blackmail them by threatening to release sensitive corporate information on the internet. There are cases of demands over 290 million SEK.

“More and more cybercriminals steal data and threaten to release sensitive corporate information unless the targeted companies pay multimillion ransom amounts. This means it’s not enough to have backup of data, it´s crucial to detect and disarm the attacks in time”, says Marcus Murray.

The Cyberthreat in Sweden is Greater Than Ever

Truesec’s Threat Intelligence Report offers an overview of the current cyberthreats in Sweden. It is based on Truesec’s Threat Intelligence analysis, including its own global incident responses, SOC-monitoring, and collaboration with external partners. The report shows an apparent increase in attacks on Swedish organizations during 2020.

  • The costs of cybercrime in Sweden 2020 amounted to over 30 billion SEK, almost double the previous year's cost.

  • Half (49%) of all severe cyberattacks were so-called ransom attacks aimed at blackmailing victims and demanding a ransom amount. There is an increase in cybercriminals also threatening to release sensitive corporate data that has been stolen in ransom attacks.

  • Truesec has extensive experience in Threat Intelligence analysis, aiming to increase awareness of cyber threats and threat actors, to apply correct preventive measures.

About Truesec Group

Truesec is a strong player in cybersecurity with a clear purpose: To protect data breaches and protect data. The group consists of approximately 140 employees with broad expertise in cyber security and has since its inception in 2005 delivered security solutions to customers in the private and public sectors, both in Sweden and internationally. For more information: www.truesec.com


Marcus Murray
Founder of Truesec Group
Marcus Murray