Ransomware attacks are on the rise
Proofpoint, the cyber security firm, published a study that reveals a large increase in the number of pishing attacks in recent months.
They use cryptocurrencies as a means of payment for ransoms
Proofpoint, the cyber security firm, published a study that reveals a large increase in the number of pishing attacks in recent months. The attacks are perpetrated through emails that are used to deliver ransomware to victims and thus access their data. According to the report, most of the attacks are directed at people living in countries like the United States, Germany, France, Italy and Greece; Attackers are believed to be looking for victims from countries where their citizens have high purchasing power and savings, and, moreover, greater access to technology on the financial side.
Research reveals that the increase in attacks correlates to the increase in people working from home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, indicating that attackers have gone from attacking large companies or people with exorbitant fortunes to attacking ordinary people. demanding very low ransom amounts. Mr. Robot, the famous ransomware application that was used to attack companies and people in the United States, is being used to attack domestic users, demanding USD 100 in Bitcoin (BTC) as a ransom. Despite the fact that the ransoms demanded by attackers are significantly lower than months ago, the profitability is based on the ease of infecting the computers of users who do not have sophisticated knowledge.
** A well-known malware team, NerWalker, launched a ransomware attack against the Augustan city of Weiz that seriously affected the utility system and leaked some of the stolen data from applications and building inspections.
Symantec, the cyber security company, blocked a ransomware attack targeting thirty companies based in the United States a few days ago. The group of hackers known as Avaddon uses cryptocurrencies as a means of paying their ransoms, and even offers its victims a "24/7" assistance service that offers them a clear explanation of how cryptocurrencies work and some advice on how to pay the ransom.