Over the past few years, the methods cybercriminals use to distribute ransomware has changed dramatically. While a few years ago, they would spread encrypted files on a large scale, today, their ransomware attacks have become more focused. Now, fraudsters examine the target in detail and research each target, looking for additional leverage. Infamous ransomware gangs behave like a fully-fledged online service provider, using traditional marketing techniques. Kaspersky experts have identified five clear examples of this transformation, using the Darkside ransomware gang as an example.
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“We’ve witnessed a massive transformation in how ransomware gangs play in the market nowadays. The only reason for this shift is their immense profit. Today, cybercriminals have more funds than ever before, which they can invest in market analysis, and work with partners, journalists, and charities. To defeat them, we need to cut off their financial flows, and namely, to stop paying ransoms,” comments Roman Dedenok, security expert at Kaspersky.
In order to protect business data from ransomware attacks, Kaspersky recommends:
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