Does Ryuk herald the return of the ransomware threat?

Ryuk’s encryption scheme built for highly targeted operations enables cyber-criminals to continue to make money from this form of attack

Researchers at Checkpoint have been tracking a new, and seemingly very successful, ransomware campaign over the last couple of weeks. Ryuk has so far encrypted hundreds of storage and data centres within enterprises across the globe and netted a none-too-shabby ransomware pot north of half a million dollars in that time. According to the Checkpoint researchers, although the actual technical capability of Ryuk remains at the relatively simplistic level, it was enough to “severely hit” a handful of organisations; some of which were prepared to pay “an exceptionally large ransom in order to retrieve their files.”

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