May 2016 - Petya comes loaded with a double-barrel ransomware attack. If the initial overwriting the master boot record does not work, they now have an installer that offers Petya and a backup "conventional" file-encrypting strain called Mischa. ProofPoint Q1-16 threat report confirms that Ransomware and CEO Fraud dominate in 2016. A new Version 4 of DMA Locker comes out with weapons-grade encryption algorithms, and infects machines through drive-by downloads from compromised websites. In a surprising end to TeslaCrypt, the developers shut down their ransomware and released the master decryption key.
January 2023 - Phishing attacks are now the top vector for ransomware delivery, according to researchers at Digital Defense. Phishing emails can be highly tailored to specific employees in order to trick them into downloading malicious files. They stated: "In a recent survey, it was revealed that a staggering 78% of organizations experienced one or more ransomware attacks in 2021, 68% of which stated that the attack originated from a direct email payload, second-stage malware delivery, or similar cause.
There is a website called ID Ransomware that allows you to upload your ransom note and a sample encrypted file. The tool will identify the particular strain you are dealing with and if available, download decryption tools to recover your files and/or whole network shares if your backups have failed. It's a good idea to know which type you have as there is no 'one-size-fits-all' method to get rid of ransomware. 781b155fdc