A Google report that analyzed more than 80 million ransomware samples over the past year and a half revealed that India ranks sixth in the list of 140 countries most affected by ransomware.
Far from the world was Israel, with the highest number of applications and a 600 percent increase in the number of applications compared to the baseline.
It was followed by South Korea, Vietnam, China, Singapore, India, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Iran and the United Kingdom as the 10 worst affected regions, based on the number of applications submitted to VirusTotal.
VirusTotal was launched in June 2004, and acquired by Google in September 2012. The company was transferred in January 2018 to Chronicle Security, a cybersecurity company that is part of the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
“This report is designed to help researchers, security practitioners and the general public understand the nature of ransomware attacks while enabling cyber professionals to better analyze suspicious files, URLs, domains and IP addresses,” Vicente Diaz of VirusTotal said in the first ransomware activity.
Hackers not only demand money today but also threaten to reveal sensitive or valuable information if companies don’t pay or if they contact law enforcement.
“We saw peak ransomware activity in the first two quarters of 2020, mainly due to GandCrab’s ransomware-as-a-service suite (although its prevalence declined significantly in the second half of the year),” Diaz said.
At least 130 different families of ransomware were active in 2020 and the first half of 2021 – grouped into 30,000 combinations of malware that looked and worked in a similar way.
According to the report, there is a consistent baseline of ransomware activity for nearly 100 families of ransomware that never stops.
Attackers use a range of methods, including known malicious bots and other remote access Trojans (RATs) as vehicles to deliver their ransomware.
“In most cases, they use new or fresh samples of ransomware for their campaigns,” the report stated.
It said the Google Chrome OS cloud platform has never reported ransomware attacks on any business, education or Chrome OS consumer device.
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