“No Gas” signs are posted on the gas pumps of an Arlington, Va., gas station, which had been affected by the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack in May of last year. The FBI said Tuesday that Americans lost nearly $7 billion last year due to criminal Internet activity. File Photo by Jemal Countess/UPI | License Photo
Released on Tuesday, the annual Internet Crime Report states Americans filed 847,376 complaints concerning a wide array of Internet scams, representing a 7% increase from the year previous.
“In 2021, America experienced an unprecedented increase in cyber attacks and malicious cyber activity,” Paul Abbate, deputy director of the FBI, said in the report. “These cyber attacks compromised businesses in an extensive array of business sectors as well as the American public.”
Among the 2021 complaints received, ransomware, business e-mail compromise schemes and the criminal use of cryptocurrency were among those most reported, it said.
Last year saw the United States experience several high-profile cyberattacks, including those targeting key U.S. supply chains with ransomware, a malicious software designed to hold files on a device hostage by rendering