Those pesky Russian hackers know no (ransomware) bounds
Let it not be said that the hackers are less than relentless. They know companies are vulnerable and ransomware is a fairly simple means for "extracting" money from the hacker's target.The latest, as reported today in The Times, London:"Thousands of British businesses have paid ransoms to Russian hackers who are launching hundreds of attacks every day and demanding up to £100,000 to release files.Experts said that the “epidemic” of ransomware was the biggest cyberthreat facing the country, and was far more pervasive than the Wannacry attack that paralysed the IT systems of scores of NHS trusts in May.The number of attacks globally has increased twentyfold since 2015, according to Malwarebytes, a cybersecurity company. Britain was the second most targeted country after the US this year, and the worst affected per capita, accounting for 11 per cent of attacks, Sophos Labs, a web monitoring company, said. Researchers estimate that groups linked to Russia created the ransomware used in between 50 per cent and 75 per cent of attacks.
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