Ransomware Statistics and Data

Ransomware 2015 Attacks

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Ransomware 2016 Statistics

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Ransomware Victims

If you’re a small business, all of a sudden all your data is encrypted and you can’t recover customer information, contracts, legal documents and other vital material,” Ayrapetov said. “Is it worth being able to continue running your business for just $200?” Considering that the National Cyber Security Alliance has estimated that 60 percent of small businesses hit by cyber attacks end up going out of business, it’s a difficult call. ~ http://cnb.cx/1oK5rnj

Ransomware Trends

Given the ability to easily morph existing and older strains of ransomware, and the alarming rate at which the ransomware family is growing, it’s evident that this malware is here to stay, at least for the immediate future. Some of the challenges that CSOs, IT departments and end users may face in 2016 include:

          1. Getting Personal – So far, it’s not widespread, but given the recently launched ransomware campaign in Germany, called Chimera, hackers may start to threaten people with the idea of exposing their encrypted personal information in public if the demanded ransom isn’t paid. This is an indication that ransomware authors are getting more brazen, and far more personal than they have been in the past.
          1. Creating a Ransomware Supply Chain –  Ever-enterprising cyber criminal entrepreneurs may start offering ransomware as a service, transforming it into a large-scale and widespread business-like operation.
          1. Android Remains Vulnerable – The Android platform was already a hot target for malware in 2015. Expect more advanced and complex variants of SimpleLocker and other ransomware samples in 2016.
          1. Better Delivery, Higher Returns – Hackers will develop and use more sophisticated delivery mechanisms to spread ransomware and use more creative ways to extort money from their victims.
          1. New, Unaware Targets – As companies and more users become educated and aware of the dangers of ransomware and become educated on how they can avoid being victimized, expect more cyber criminals to target not-so-well-protected Internet-connected devices such as smart TVs, smart houses and refrigerators, cars, and more.

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Impact

“This extortion-based malware has been indiscriminately targeting Internet connect users, including 4.1 percent of the U.S. population, amounting to almost 13.1 million people, according to the study.” — Bit Defender Study

“The number of ransomware detections surged in the fourth quarter after three quarters of relatively flat growth. Around 260,000 new ransomware samples were detected in the fourth quarter of 2014, up from just over 100,000 in the previous quarter and just 70,000 in the second quarter.” – CSO