Targeted, custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

No spraying and praying here, just precise, exorbitant attacks

By John Leyden

Attackers are manually deploying ransomware directly into target networks to maximise the damage and potential payout.

Unlike “spray-and-pray” attacks such as WannaCrypt, which hit victims at random, targeted attacks that manually execute the ransomware enable criminals to ensure they have locked mission-critical files that companies will be most likely to pay exorbitant fees to retrieve. Manual deployments can also evade most traditional signature-based security measures, making it much harder to identify and stop before it’s too late.

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