IT MIGHT BE TIME to make your mind up about whether you are prepared to pay a ransomware demand because the money-grabbing blight is a fast growing beast that's affecting a lot of people, according to the bods at Kaspersky Lab.
The security firm regularly puts the fear of ransomware into us, and has published the kind of figures that make us want to back away from the internet. Or find a way to create a virtual sledgehammer that shoots out of a computer screen and bashes anyone who sends a ransom demand to an innocent.
"In one year the number of attacks increased more than fivefold: from 131,111 attempts to infect our users in 2014-2015 to 718,536 in 2015-2016," the company explained in a blog post titled Ransomware's history and evolution in facts and figures.
We have seen a definite uptick in the number of ransomware threats, attacks and payouts recently so we are not about to argue with the numbers. Kaspersky has pegged the bulk of incidents on four main attack tools that account for four-fifths of all such assaults.
"In 2015-2016, four racketeering trojans were the most active: TeslaCrypt (almost half of all attacks), CTB-Locker, Scatter and Cryakl. Those four families share almost 80 per cent of the market," the post said.
Home users traditionally take the biggest whack here. Android users are particularly blighted in the UK, but things have changed since people wised up to encryption. The ransomware problem has just moved elsewhere, and found another set of victims.
"The share of corporate users attacked with ransomware more than doubled from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016, from 6.8 per cent to 13.13 per cent," said the post.
Kaspersky makes it clear that the company has some solutions of its own, but offers advice for people who do not perhaps use its products.
The really short version is: protect yourself, back up and don't pay up. µ
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