The scourge of ransomware over the past two years has been impressive – and not in a good way. The number of frustrated computer users locked out of their PCs is at an all-time high with no signs of the ransomware epidemic relenting.
According to security experts, the last two years have seen an astounding growth in the number of people encountering ransomware. Between April 2015 and March 2016 the number of users hit by ransomware rose 17.7 percent worldwide compared to the prior year, according a new report by Kaspersky Lab.
The in-depth report reveals that tactics have changed significantly for ransomware criminals with crypto ransomware now the dominant strain of ransomware versus Windows blocker ransomware, where a user is blocked from accessing their OS or web browser via a pop-up window.