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KSN Report: Ransomware in 2016-2017 | Advanced Mobile Spy Software
This report has been prepared using depersonalized data processed by Kaspersky Security Network (KSN). The metrics are based on the number of distinct users of Kaspersky Lab products with the KSN feature enabled, who encountered ransomware at least once in a given period, as well as research into the ransomware threat landscape by Kaspersky Lab experts. This report covers the evolution of the threat from April 2016 to March 2017 and compares it with the period of April 2015 to March 2016. A brief look at ransomware evolution over a year The rise of Ransomware-as-a-Service In May 2016 Kaspersky Lab discovered Petya ransomware that not only encrypts data stored on a computer, but also overwrites the hard disk drive's master boot record (MBR), leaving infected computers unable to boot into the operating system. The malware is a notable example of the Ransomware-as-a-Service model, when ransomware creators offer their malicious product 'on demand', spreading it by multiple distributors and