Post by, Hila Cohen – Security Researcher, TrapX Labs.
Ransomware attacks continue to increase rapidly worldwide, and they represent an increasingly significant threat to commercial and government IT operations. In the second half of 2016 alone, ransomware attacks increased by more than 100%.
The healthcare industry represents approximately 17% of U.S. gross domestic product. Recent data suggests that in 2016, healthcare accounted for 88% of ransomware attacks on all U.S. industries.
This epidemic of attacks shows no sign of abating any time soon. We predict that 2017 will see ransomware attacks impacting every industry, especially small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).
TrapX Labs and our security operations center teams continue to study and research ransomware attacks. It is important that we both understand all current attack vectors in detail and validate the efficacy of our tools continuously to meet and defeat this threat.
TrapX Labs analyzed three ransomware variants recently—MarsJoke, Cerber, and Xpan—using the TrapX CryptoTrapTM module, a core component of DeceptionGridTM and an important part of our Deception-in-Depth architecture.
Our results indicate that the TrapX CryptoTrap module is highly effective against MarsJoke, Cerber, and Xpan ransomware, and related malware. In all of our tests, we succeeded in disrupting the ransomware’s main execution and minimized damage to the targeted operating system.
TrapX Labs has been observing, analyzing, and understanding the functionality of numerous ransomware variants for years. Any new knowledge gained from analyzing new Ransomware variants typically results in our adding new functionality to the CryptoTrap module.
To learn more, please download a FREE copy of our newest report on ransomware via: CryptoTrap Defeats MarsJoke Cerber, and Xpan Ransomware