In the world of hacking, there is a major force to reckon with that comes out of Russia and its name is ransomware. Even though Russia isn't the only place that malware originates from, it has recently been found to be the home to the creation of about 75% of all ransomware.
According to a senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab from the discovery of popular families of, about 75% of all ransomware is created by Russian-speaking hackers and cyber criminals. The shocking fact that most ransomware is coming from Russia or Russian-speaking people only adds to today's political discourse and raises many questions.
Ransomware is among the most Dangerous Malware Around
Ransomware, as we know it, is among the most dangerous and destructive malware since the existence of computers and the Internet. Most common forms of ransomware as of late have been made up of aggressive malware that encrypts data on a PC only to hold the infected system's files for a ransom that often ranges from hundreds of dollars to thousands.
Among the most popular ransomware types, CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, and Locky Ransomware, hackers have exploited methods of being more profitable by using crypto-ransomware types. Now, in knowing that most ransomware originates from Russia and Russian-speaking cybercrooks, it arms security companies and those who oppose the movement of ransomware with better ammo to fight against the opposition.
Ransomware can be Defeated
Data gathered by Kaspersky in their recent quest to oust ransomware perpetrators uncovered that ransomware families attacked over 1.4 million people around the world in 2016. Among the 1.4 million or so people who have come under attack from some form of ransomware in the past year, many have had to face the backlash of losing all of their data or at least finding methods to recover files encrypted by aggressive ransomware.
Not all is doom and gloom in retrospect of Russian hackers making life difficult for nearly 2 million people each year at the hand of their crafted ransomware. In our analysis and constant discovery of new ransomware, we, along with many other security companies, are able to grasp the methods of delivery and execution for emerging ransomware. By knowing the frequency of ransomware attacks and their origin we are better able to assist others in the battle against ransomware.
Ransomware has taken the world of computer security by storm in the past decade with crypto ransomware threats introduced in the wild every day. While ransomware has proven to be an exceptionally lucrative means of extorting money from victimized computer users, not everyone has to fall victim. We should all take the necessary precautions and know if your computer is vulnerable to a ransomware attack.