New research finds that cybercriminal groups are increasingly gravitating towards ransomware. Here, a North Korean national is identified in a complaint announced by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison in a range of cyberattacks on September 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The complaint includes the cyberattack against Sony Pictures in 2014, and the WannaCry 2.0 ransomware attack. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Cybercriminal groups are increasingly gravitating towards ransomware, while evolving more and more towards a cooperative cartel model, according to new research from threat intelligence firms.

In a new report released today, Mandiant spotlights the evolution of FIN11 – a financially motivated hacking group – from specializing in high-tempo, high-volume malicious email campaigns to a laser-like focus on ransomware and extortion.

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