Ransomware groups are becoming more sophisticated and dangerous

Ransomware groups are becoming more sophisticated and dangerous

With the rapid advancement of digital technology, ransomware gangs and their methods have also advanced at a quick speed.

Ransomware groups are becoming more sophisticated and dangerous

This insight was reported in a new analysis by cybersecurity and antivirus company Kaspersky, which highlighted new ransomware tendencies that have emerged in 2022.

This insight was reported in a new analysis by cybersecurity and antivirus company Kaspersky, which highlighted new ransomware tendencies that have emerged in 2022.

The company highlighted brand new “cross-platform capabilities,” as well as “enhanced business procedures” and other features.

Once it has successfully infiltrated its target, ransomware groups will then demand money from the victim if they want to unlock access to their computer.

Before we go into the specifics of the aforementioned features, let’s define ransomware. Simply described, it’s a form of code or program that has an impact on a computer’s files, folders, or operating system.

“Ransomware operations have come a long way — from clandestine and amateur beginnings to fully-fledged businesses with distinctive brands and styles that rival each other on the dark web. They find unusual ways to attack their victims or resort to newsjacking to make their attacks more relevant,” Kaspersky said.

As for the “prolific use” of cross-platform capabilities, Kaspersky points out that this method is particularly effective in damaging “as many systems as possible with the same malware by writing code that can be executed on several operating systems at once.”

Cross-platform programming languages, Rust and Golang, started picking up steam among the ransomware community during the latter stages of 2021. For example, a leading group that is an ever-present name in the ransomware space, Conti, has managed to design a variant that is spread via certain affiliates in order to target Linux-based systems.

BlackCat, labeled as a “next-generation” malware gang, was mentioned as another group — one that has apparently attacked more than 60 organizations since December 2021. Rust was its language of choice for developing malware strains. Elsewhere, a group known as DeadBolt relied on Golang instead for its ransomware endeavors. This cyber gang is notorious for its attacks on QNAP (network-based storage devices from a Taiwanese company).

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