Ransomware Doubles Since July

The percentage of ransomware attacks doubled during the period July to December 2016, to account for 10.5% of all recognized malware attacks during that time.

By Tara Seals

According to Check Point’s H2 2016 Global Threat Intelligence Trends report, the Locky ransomware was the most common type. It accounted for 41% of all ransomware attacks. The report also found that Locky was also the No. 5 malware overall (accounting for 4.3% of attacks).

Locky started its distribution in February 2016, and spreads mainly via spam emails containing a downloader disguised as a Word or Zip file attachment, which then downloads and installs the malware that encrypts the user files.

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