A security technician in the Security Operation Center at Level 3 Communications , monitors continuous malware, phishers and hackers worldwide on the company's threat map. Sussing out new ransomware threats presents challenges for security teams. (Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

Several menacing new ransomware threats have been sprouting up like weeds this summer, tormenting victims with both traditional file encryption and the publishing of stolen data on leak sites. Ransomwares like Avaddon, DarkSide and Conti have joined an already crowded field that includes prominent human-operated ransomwares such as Sodinokibi (aka REvil), Maze and others.

And when these new threats do strike, victims may be at an even greater disadvantage than usual because of the lack of intelligence to create useful threat profiles. Indeed, "new variants of ransomware present both technical and logistical challenges to victims and service providers,” said Bill Siegel, CEO and co-founder of Coveware.

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