Ransomware, the malware monster that’s been making headlines recently, has continued its destructive upwards trajectory, in 2016, becoming a very real threat for business owners both large and small, globally. Augment specialise in Ransomware Removal London, and can help discuss best options, if you or your company has fallen victim to these malicious attacks.
A new report by Kaspersky reveals the rate of attacks on businesses increased from every 2 minutes to an attack every 40 seconds, a three-fold increase from January to September 2016.
Interestingly, one-in-five small and medium sized businesses who paid their ransoms, failed to get their data back.
Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) – Ransomware Removal London
One of the most worrying details of the report was the sustained growth of ‘Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)’. RaaS offers those with little knowledge of cyber crime and hacking the opportunity to deploy their own ransomware attacks by using an existing platform.
After the wannabe cyber criminal enters their data and setups their Ransomware module, they are provided with a commission based structure. As you can see from the image below, the new-found criminal is incentivised to infect as many users as possible, as he or she will receive a higher share of commission, the more ransoms that are paid. Initial setup fees also need to be covered, as aspiring cyber villains must fork out $39 to use Ransomware as a Service.
For further reading, the full Kaspersky report can be found here.
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