Recently, investigators have arrested five hackers for distributing Ransomware across the US And Europe. Hackers were found distributing the CTB locker and Cerber Ransomware over the Europe and US region.
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Ransomware attacks are one of the most used techniques implemented by hackers to gain some money. Recently, investigators have arrested five hackers for distributing Ransomware across the US And Europe.
Hackers were found distributing the CTB locker and Cerber Ransomware over the Europe and US region. According to the reports from security firm McAfee, CTB locker, which is one of the largest ransomware in itself is what aided the law enforcement in the investigation.
Upon deeper search, the Romanian Police have seized the computer hardware from six homes from the group on Wednesday. Out of five hackers, three of them were charged with spreading the CTB locker. CTB locker usually locks computer & encrypts the files on the board, and then demands a ransom from the victim to free them.
The CTB Locker targets Windows computers and it was first spotted in the year 2014. The three hackers were arrested when they were found spreading the ransomware through spam messages. According to the reports from Europol “More than 170 victims from several European countries have been identified to date”
The remaining two from the hacking group were charged for infecting the US-based computer with Cerber ransomware. Cerber is a new form of ransomware which can spread itself through spam messages and usually targets Windows operating system. Cerber Ransomware was first spotted in the year 2016.
If you think, the hackers have made the whole lot of money from this two ransomware, then you’re wrong. Almost 30% of their profits were sent to the unknown developer of Cerber and CTB ransomware. According to the security Firm Check Point, the Cerber ransomware which was spotted last year had already infected more than 150,000 computers.
Security firm McAfee said that the CTB Locker ransomware was usually sold on the black market at the hefty price of $3,000. The developers of CTB locker have already created an affiliate program which encourages other hackers to distribute the ransomware. Both ransomware were hard to decrypt.
So, it’s always best to avoid clicking on Spam emails and links. Backing up your data regularly and having a proper antivirus solution on your system will help you to avoid these type of cyber attacks.