As Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) has simultaneously grown more powerful and easier to use, just about anyone can launch successful, damaging ransomware attacks on organizations. Small and medium businesses are particularly vulnerable to the widening variety of tactics –from the “spray and pray” favored by Avaddon to the mass-market-based business model used by Dharma RaaS.

“The skills that it takes to launch a ransomware attack have lessened” now that “exploit kits are easily purchased off of the web like other commercial off-the-shelf software,” said Terence Jackson, CISO at Thycotic.

Inexperienced attackers with little or no knowledge of coding or even hacking need only sign up with a RaaS provider for a “service” that includes just about everything a would-be hacker needs to launch a financially-motivated attack, as a pair of recent reports from DomainTools and Sophos underscore.

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