“Single girls” have become more expensive do to their victims

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The number of victims of ransomware grew by 59 percent over last year, and the average ransom amount has reached five thousand dollars. The majority of “baiting” users emails from “lonely girls” with adult sites. It is stated in the report of McAfee developing antivirus software.

According to analysts, practically all viruses is the ransomware are distributed through two spam botnets — Necurs and Gamut. Both schemes are built on the system of computers infected with malware.

The first takes up two-thirds of the criminal market: the main advertising lures victims to his work are “lonely girl”, which usually promote the opening of the portals with erotic content. Captures the Gamut of third party systems to send spam that contains a set of phishing announcements on product offerings.

Despite the fact that the total number of ransomware decreased, their activity is growing: from the beginning of 2016 the number of victims has increased two and a half times. The main leap in this index occurred in the fourth quarter — 35 percent in comparison with the previous period.

Analysts warn that the average buyback price will continue to rise. In terms of the spread of viruses-miners are using the power of infected machines cybercriminals who want to get real money ready to raise rates.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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