July 24th SonicWall today announced the results of its mid-year update of the 2019 Cyber Threat Report, based on actual data from more than 1 million international security sensors from more than 200 countries. New data shows that ransomware services, open source malware and encryption hijacking used by cybercriminals are being upgraded. So far this year, ransomware has grown by 15% globally. The encryption threat has soared by 76%. In addition, as bitcoin prices have risen, encryption hijacking has increased by 9%.