The attacks that transpired last year alone arguably made ransomware the hot topic of the year and most likely a leading contender for 2020, as well, but a new element that cropped up late last year – attackers adding a layer of blackmail to the threat of locking a target’s computer system – solidified its standing.
The evolution, if one could apply such a lofty term, to blackmail stems from companies’ recent strides in better deflecting ransomware attacks.
Although the well-known threat actor The Dark Overlord was a pioneer, several groups have been implementing this tactic, including Maze, Sodinokibi and Nemty, since late last year, an indicator to many security pros that the bad guys are responding to improved security practices on the part of their intended victims.
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