2018 Malware Forecast: ransomware hits hard, continues to evolve [source: sophos]

Sophos releases its 2018 Malware Forecast today, and the big takeaway is this: ransomware remains a huge problem for companies and isn’t going away. In 2017, attackers further perfected their ransomware delivery techniques, leading to global outbreaks such as WannaCryNotPetya and, most recently, Bad Rabbit.

Though most ransomware is hitting Windows users, it’s clear that people aren’t immune if they use other platforms, including mobile devices. A prime example is the amount of ransomware contaminating Android apps, whether they’re in Google Play or other online sources.

Ransomware from 1 April – 3 October 2017

Ransomware remains a vexing problem for many companies. SophosLabs looked at the most prolific ransomware families and attack vectors over a six-month period with an eye toward helping those organizations cope.

The statistics below cover the six-month period between 1 April and 3 October 2017. The data was collected using lookups from customer computers.

WannaCry, unleashed in May 2017, was the number-one ransomware intercepted from customer computers, dethroning longtime ransomware leader Cerber, which first appeared in early 2016. WannaCry accounted for 45.3% of all ransomware tracked through SophosLabs, with Cerber accounting for 44.2%.

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