New Version of Cerber Ransomware Distributed via Malvertising

CerberĀ has become one of the most notorious and popular ransomware families in 2016. It has used a wide variety of tactics including leveragingĀ cloud platformsĀ and Windows ScriptingĀ and adding non-ransomware behavior such as distributed denial-of-service attacksĀ to its arsenal. One reason for this popularity may be because it is frequently bought and sold as a service (ransomware-as-a-service, or RaaS).

The latest version of Cerber had functions found in earlier versions like the use of voice mechanism as part of its social engineering tactics. Similar to previous variants, Cerber 3.0 is dropped by the Magnitude and Rig exploit kits.