We recently observed a new ransomware variant, TorrentLocker, that was targeted at nearly 4,000 organizations and enterprises, many of which are located in Italy. TorrentLocker is similar to an earlier ransomware family (CryptoLocker), and also encrypts various files and forces users to pay a sum of money. TorrentLocker uses the TOR anonymity network to hide its…Read More
While ransomware has noticeably plateaued in today’s threat landscape, it’s still a cybercriminal staple. In fact, it saw a slight increase in activity in the first half of 2018, keeping pace by being fine-tuned to evade security solutions, or in the case of PyLocky (detected by Trend Micro as RANSOM_PYLOCKY.A), imitate established ransomware families and ride on their notoriety.
In late July and throughout August, we observed waves of spam email delivering the PyLocky ransomware. Although it tries to pass off as Locky in its ransom note, PyLocky is unrelated to Locky. PyLocky is written in Python, a popular scripting language; and packaged with PyInstaller, a tool used to package Python-based programs as standalone executables.Read More
Apart from understanding the ransomware tactics and techniques beyond encryption, it is equally important to understand how they arrive in the environment. Our recent analysis reveals that majority of ransomware families can be stopped at the exposure layer—web and email. In fact, Trend Micro has blocked more than 66 million ransomware-related spam, malicious URLs, and threats from January to May 2016.Read More
Email can be considered a big business—for cybercrime. In 2014, 196.3 billion emails were sent and received daily. Of that number, 108.7 billion were business emails. With the volume of business emails sent daily, it would be unimaginable for cybercriminals not to take advantage of email to target big businesses. And those attempts can result in million-dollar…Read More
During the first quarter of 2015, we saw how ransomware variants have evolved to do more than just encrypt valuable system files. CryptoFortress targeted files in shared network drives while TeslaCrypt targeted gamers and mod users. Now we are seeing another feature rapidly gaining ground in the world of ransomware: the ability to increase the ransom price…Read More