KSN Report: Ransomware in 2016-2017

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  1. RGiskardR

    RGiskardR Malware Tester Silver Member

    Tis report has been prepared using depersonalized data processed by Kaspersky Security Network (KSN). The metrics are based on the number of distinct users of Kaspersky Lab products with the KSN feature enabled, who encountered ransomware at least once in a given period, as well as research into the ransomware threat landscape by Kaspersky Lab experts.

    This report covers the evolution of the threat from April 2016 to March 2017 and compares it with the period of April 2015 to March 2016.

    A brief look at ransomware evolution over a year

    The rise of Ransomware-as-a-Service

    In May 2016 Kaspersky Lab discovered Petya ransomware that not only encrypts data stored on a computer, but also overwrites the hard disk drive’s master boot record (MBR), leaving infected computers unable to boot into the operating system.

    The malware is a notable example of the Ransomware-as-a-Service model, when ransomware creators offer their malicious product ‘on demand’, spreading it by multiple distributors and getting a cut of the profits. In order to get their part of the profit, the Petya authors inserted certain “protection mechanisms” into their malware that do not allow the unauthorized use of Petya samples.

    Full source: https://securelist.com/ksn-report-ransomware-in-2016-2017/78824/
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