Ransomware Reaches Peak With WannaCry and Petya
While the growth in ransomware families plateaued as predicted, ransomware reached its peak with the WannaCry and Petya attacks. WannaCry alone is estimated to have infected 300,000 machines around the world and to have caused financial and economic losses of up to US$4 billion.
These unprecedented attacks showed that cybercriminals are diversifying in methods, exploits, and attack vectors used. This is further proven by ransomware targeting non-Windows systems as well as variants capable of evading machine learning and sandbox detection. With ransomware evolving, enterprises should consider a multilayered security solution to reduce the risk of being compromised.