As Ryuk wanes, a new family of ransomware dubbed Conti, which mimicks many of Ryuk’s commands but sports some unique features that differentiates it from others, is on the rise.

“Conti uses a large number of independent threads to perform encryption, allowing up to 32 simultaneous encryption efforts, resulting in faster encryption compared to many other families,” according to Carbon Black blog post that details the ransomware and some of the features that set it apart from others in terms of performance and a focus on network-based targets. 

“As cybercriminals evolve their code and tools, it's troubling that this ransomware strain has improved its ability to encrypt files quicker to use multiple threads running simultaneously,” said James McQuiggan, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4, who noted that while Ryuk is declining and Conti is escalating, organizations are still falling prey to their attacks.

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