MEDINA, Ohio, February 24 – Thirtyseven4, LLC, a leading provider of Windows, Mac and Android antivirus solutions, alerted today of the significant increase in ransomware detections. Ransomware is a form of malware developed to encrypt files on the computer with the sole intent of extorting money from its victims (paying a ransom to recover encrypted files). Ransomware attacks are capable of causing major system downtime, data and financial loss and intellectual property theft.
“Malware is a lucrative business for cybercriminals, and there’s currently no hotter trend than ransomware creation. Last month alone, our Viruslab Team posted critical updates for over three hundred ransomware variations. If “art imitates life”, then I hope this rise in malicious code is not an indication that our society is going to the dogs.” said Steven Sundermeier, Owner of Thirtyseven4, LLC.
According to statistics released by the Thirtyseven4 Viruslab, Thirtyseven4 solutions proactively prevented 136,990 ransomware infections worldwide last month, marking a forty percent increase over December 2014. Top detected ransomware families included: CryptoWall, PornoBlocker and ZedoPoo
“Another gauge used for monitoring ransomware activity is examining the number of downloads of our free Cryptobit decryption tool. We developed a Cryptobit decryption tool as a free service to all computer users last Spring and made it available on our website. At last count, our decryption tool was at 232,337 downloads. 18.65% of the total downloads came last month in January,” concluded Sundermeier.
The top five countries requesting downloads included: USA, Australia, India, Czech Republic and Italy.
A complete report of all recorded Thirtyseven4 ransomware statistics is available here.
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