It said these attacks resulted in millions of dollars of ransom payments.
The statistics from Australia's very own government cybercrime initiative are a lot lower.
According to one, there were more than 200,000 ransomware attacks in Australia in April-May alone this year.
According to another, there were more than one million instances of a single kind of ransomware (Crypto Locker) in Australia in October last year.
One day in Melbourne, when the sun was out and the birds were singing, Matt opened an email and was greeted with a video of a man wanking.
The man was him."There I was in all my glory," he told triple j's Veronica & Lewis. A 'ransomware' program had infected his computer allowing the hackers to film him through the webcam. Now they wanted money."There was an email saying they were going to release footage to all my Facebook friends and people I worked with if I don't pay them money.""Initially I laughed."He wrote back. Matt may have been feeling very much alone, but in fact he was part of an emerging trend of ransomware attacks in Australia.
I stressed out for a while, called the cops they said they couldn't do anything about it.
It recorded about 4,000 reports of 'scams or fraud' cybercrime in a three-month period at the end of last year.
Nothing ever was sent out online, but I've now had to change my Facebook account name, shut down my Linked In out of fear of my work details being revealed and I'm afraid of what may arise in the future should I want to build a Linked In profile etc again.""I had the exact same thing happen to me.Sent me a list of all my contacts and a copy of the video.