The use of the Necurs botnet to spread Scarab ransomware over the US Thanksgiving holiday helped propel Necurs up several places on Check Point's Ten Most Wanted Malware list for November.
WannaCry and Cerber has totally dominated the ransomware landscape so far this year comprising almost all the attacks that have taken place, while other big names such as Locky were barely a blip on the radar.
At least two new Locky ransomware variants have been released within less than a month of each other although one of the variants is broken for the time being due to a malformed spam campaign.
Reports have been pouring in this month about the sudden return of Locky ransomware, which had been largely dormant in 2017. Researchers have discovered two new major versions of Locky being distributed.
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The software giant claims Genasom and Locky took second and third place for attacking Windows 10 Enterprise boxes with about 1000 infections each.
Over the weekend two security researchers spotted a Facebook spam campaign delivering Nemucod as well as Locky ransomware
After a two week break that saw few Locky ransomware attacks, the Cisco Talos research team discovered a new variety that sports not only a scatologically named extension for the encrypted files but another reference that insults Linux.
Another new ransomware type called Hades, uncovered this week by Proofpoint, that seems to pull in features from several older malware types.
A new analysis of Locky ransomware configurations by IT security firm Avira has revealed improved offline capabilities that enhance its ability to automatically encrypt victims' files, without interaction with a command-and-control server.
Forcepoint has come across a new Trojan downloader called Quant Loader that has been spotted distributing Locky Zepto crypto-ransomware and Pony malware.
A new version of Locky ransomware has been spotted sporting an improved delivery mechanism, better obfuscation which combined make it more difficult for anti-malware scanners to spot.
FireEye researchers have spotted a Locky ransomware campaign targeting the healthcare sector around the world
A cyber-vigilante took internet justice into his own hands when he infected the computer of an tech support scammer with Locky ransomware.
Trend Micro researchers spotted a new variant of Locky ransomware using Windows Scripting Files (WSF) as a downloader.
Dridex and Locky delivered to victims via compromised computers as the Necurs botnet, dark since late May, starts up again.
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