India among top 7 nations at high ransomware risk

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India among top 7 nations at high ransomware risk

India is among the top seven countries that are highly vulnerable to ransomware circulation, a new report warned.

According to “SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast” by global network and endpoint security company Sophos, cyber attacks on not just Windows but on platforms such as Android, Linux and MacOS have significantly increased this year globally.

The report further reveals that two types of Android attack methods are emerging -- locking the phone without encrypting data and locking the phone while encrypting the data.

“Ransomware has become platform-agnostic. Ransomware mostly targets Windows computers, but this year, SophosLabs saw an increased amount of crypto attacks on different devices and operating systems used by our customers worldwide,” said Dorka Palotay, SophosLabs Security Researcher, in a statement on Saturday.

WannaCrypt, unleashed in May 2017, was the top ransomware intercepted from customer computers, dethroning the long-time ransomware leader Cerber, which first appeared in early 2016. WannaCrypt accounted for 45.3% of all ransomware tracked through SophosLabs with Cerber accounting for 44.2%.

“For the first time we saw ransomware with worm-like characteristics, which contributed to the rapid expansion of WannaCrypt. This ransomware took advantage of a known Windows vulnerability to infect and spread to computers, making it hard to control,” added Palotay.