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Ransomware operators might be dropping file encryption in favor of corrupting files

September 22, 2022

Via: CSO

Ransomware started out many years as scams where users were being tricked into paying fictitious fines for allegedly engaging in illegal online behavior or, in more serious cases, were blackmailed with compromising videos taken through their webcams by malware. The threat has since come a long way, moving from consumers to enterprises, adding data leak threats on the side and sometimes distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) blackmail.

The attacks have become so widespread that they now impact all types of organizations and even entire national governments. The cybercriminal groups behind them are well organized, sophisticated, and even innovative, always coming up with new extortion techniques that could earn them more money.

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