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Ransomware Attacks Have More Than Doubled In Q3, Says Report

Q3 cyber threat study by Kaspersky Lab says ransomware modifications have risen 3.5 times and newer countries are coming under attack.

A study of the cyber threat landscape from July to September 2016 by Kaspersky Lab reveals that ransomware attacks have more than doubled in Q3 with modifications rising 3.5 times and affecting 821,865 people. The Q3 report also points out that banking malware has risen by 5.8% and maximum exploits are being designed to target browsers (45%) and Android OS (19%).

The IT threat evolution report for Q3 says cybercriminals appear to have moved to greener pastures with places like Croatia, South Korea, Tunisia, and Bulgaria featuring for the first time in the list of the top five ransomware-attacked countries.

Also noticeable was Trojan-Downloader.JS.Cryptoload being behind most of the attacks with CTB-Locker, Locky and CryptXXX highly popular.

“Crypto ransomware continues to be one of the most dangerous threats, both to private users and to businesses,” explains Fedor Sinitsyn of Kaspersky Lab.

Read full report here.

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