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Impact of Ransomware In 2017

As we know the world of cyber security growing day by day and hackers initiated new ways of hacking which are more advanced as cyber security professionals lacked and increases the ratio of attacks.

Recently SonicWall published its 2017 annual threat report which indicates the growth of Ransomware the new but known techniques of attacker.

Perhaps the area where cyber criminals advanced the most was in the deployment of ransomware. According the SonicWall GRID Threat Network, ransomware attacks grew 167 times since 2015, from 3.8 million in 2015 to 638 million in 2016. The reason for this increase was likely a perfect storm of factors, including the rise of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) and mainstream access to Bitcoin. Another reason might simply be that as cybersecurity teams made it difficult for cyber criminals to make money in other ways, they had to look for a new paycheck. 
As we see the popularity of ransomware between 2015 and 2016 was incredible. SonicWall also reports that $209 million was paid in the first quarter of 2016 alone.

Ransomware types 2017

Above figure describes the complete scenarios of ransomware since 2005 designed by Symantec. Now we have to clear our mind that how ransomware was grown and and hit the top organizations the main purpose of the ransomware is money which given in the form of electronic money that is bitcoin currency.

In 2017 there are many AV companies who updated there database which detect the ransomware and stop it before its action.

Beware of these Ransomware in 2017:


Catching Cerber Ransomware by SonicWall. after the deep analysis of "cerber" it will encrypts the victim`s files by using AES encryption and asked for 1.24 bitcoins or 500 USD for revers there files to normal complete details are available on bleepingcomputer

UEFI ransomware:

Disclosed at the BlackHat Asia 2017 security conference the vulnerability disclosed by the Cylance researchers are "CVE-2017-3197 and CVE-2017-3198"bleepingcomputer.

  1. Failure on Gigabyte's part to implement write protection for its UEFI firmware.
  2. Forgot to implement a system that cryptographically signs UEFI firmware files.

Sanctions Ransomware:

Which encrypts user files with the .wallet extension and demand for 6 Bitcoins equals to $ 6,500.

Android Ransomware: 

Zscaler ThreatLabZ team dicovered new type of Android ransomware which evaded all antivirus software and hit the Russian entertainment social network app called "OK" available on the google play store with 50,000,000 - 100,000,000 installs.

To be Continued.......


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