The three months to June 2015 saw ransomware continue its unstoppable rise as one of the most common risks to business data worldwide.
This is according to McAfee Labs’ latest Threats Report, published on September 1st, in which the antivirus vendor said it had detected 58 per cent more new samples of the malware type over the quarter than it did between April and June 2014.
Commenting on the figures, Raj Samani of Intel Security also noted that ransomware has become simpler to deploy due to “crimeware services that provide attackers with user-friendly graphical user interfaces or consoles to customise attacks”.
“All attackers have to do is fill in the email addresses they want to target and wait for the money to come rolling in,” he told Computer Weekly.
Ransomware describes malicious programs that render their targets’ files inaccessible, normally via encryption, before demanding a ransom in bitcoin.
Many victims reportedly pay the ransom, contributing to a lucrative criminal industry. However, some forms of ransomware have been cracked by security experts and therefore data recovery is possible without supporting the attackers.
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