Emboldened by the wave of successful ransomware attacks in early 2016, more cybercriminals are rushing to take advantage of this lucrative crime spree.
Networking company Infoblox’s quarterly threat index shows cybercriminals have been busy in the first quarter of 2016 creating new domains and subdomains and hijacking legitimate ones to build up their ransomware operations.
The number of domains serving up ransomware increased 35-fold in the first three months of 2016 compared to the end of 2015, according to the latest Infoblox DNS Threat Index. The index doesn’t measure actual attack volumes but observes malicious infrastructure — the domains used in individual campaigns. Criminals are constantly creating new domains and subdomains to stay ahead of blacklists and other security filters. The fact that the attack infrastructure for ransomware is growing is a good indicator that more cybercriminals are shifting their energies to these operations. Read full article