Ransomware have become such a big income earner for cybercriminals that every bad guy wants a piece of the pie. The result? More tech-savvy criminals are offering their services to newbies and cybercriminal wanna-bes in the form of do-it-yourself (DIY) kits—ransomware as a service (RaaS).Read More
Perhaps emboldened by the success of their peers, attackers have been releasing more ransomware families and variants with alarming frequency. The latest one added to the list is R980 (detected by Trend Micro as RANSOM_CRYPBEE.A).
R980 has been found to arrive via spam emails, or through compromised websites. Like Locky, Cerber and MIRCOP, spam emails carrying this ransomware contain documents embedded with a malicious macro (detected as W2KM_CRYPBEE.A) that is programmed to download R980 through a particular URL. From the time R980 was detected, there have been active connections to that URL since July 26th of this year.Read More
Even before WannaCry reared its ugly head, companies and individuals worldwide have already been suffering the threat’s dire consequences—all documented in our report, “Ransomware: Past, Present, and Future.” After just one year, we saw a staggering 752% increase in the number of ransomware families.Read More
Earlier this year, two separate security risks were brought to light: CVE-2017-0144, a vulnerability in the SMB Server that could allow remote code execution that was fixed in March, and WannaCry/Wcry, a relatively new ransomware family that spread via Dropbox URLs in late April. These two threats have now been combined, resulting in one of the most serious ransomware attacks to hit users across the globe.Read More
Cerber set itself apart from other file-encrypting malware when its developers commoditized the malware, adopting a business model where fellow cybercriminals can buy the ransomware as a service. The developers earn through commissions—as much as 40%—for every ransom paid by the victim. Coupled with persistence, Cerber turned into a cybercriminal goldmine that reportedly earned its developers $200,000 in commissions in a month alone last year.
Being lucrative and customizable for affiliates, it’s no wonder that Cerber spawned various iterations. Our coverage of unique Cerber samples—based on feedback from Smart Protection Network™—shows enterprises and individual users alike are taking the brunt, with the U.S. accounting for much of Cerber’s impact. We’ve also observed Cerber’s adverse impact among organizations in education, manufacturing, public sector, technology, healthcare, energy, and transportation industries.
A reflection of how far Cerber has come in the threat landscape—and how far it’ll go—is Cerber Version 6, the ransomware’s latest version we’ve uncovered and monitored since early April this year. It sports multipart arrival vectors and refashioned file encryption routines, along with defense mechanisms that include anti-sandbox and anti-AV techniques.Read More