Rançongiciels : 18 millions $ de rançon perçus en avril par les cybercriminels

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Qui a dit que le crime ne paie? En tout cas, à  court terme, il y a certains cybercriminels qui se frottent certainement les mains si l’on en croit les chiffres publiés par le IC3, l’Internet Crime Complaint Center soit  le bureau américain  des réclamations. Ainsi, en avril, ce dernier a comptabilisé pas moins de 992  plaintes en relation avec des rançongiciels et comptabilisant au total plus de 18 millions de dollars de pertes.


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Data from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) shows ransomware continues to spread and is infecting devices around the globe. Recent IC3 reporting identifies CryptoWall as the most current and significant ransomware threat targeting U.S. individuals and businesses.1 CryptoWall and its variants have been used actively to target U.S. victims since April 2014. The financial impact to victims goes beyond the ransom fee itself, which is typically between $200 and $10,000. Many victims incur additional costs associated with network mitigation, network countermeasures, loss of productivity, legal fees, IT services, and/or the purchase of credit monitoring services for employees or customers. Between April 2014 and June 2015, the IC3 received 992 CryptoWall-related complaints, with victims reporting losses totaling over $18 million.
Source  : Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Criminals Continue to Defraud and Extort Funds from Victims Using CryptoWall Ransomware Schemes

En lien avec  cet article, le IC3 profite de rappeler les principaux conseils de sécurité  pour ne pas être la prochaine victime

  • Always use antivirus software and a firewall. It’s important to obtain and use antivirus software and firewalls from reputable companies. It’s also important to continually maintain both of these through automatic updates.
  • Enable popup blockers. Popups are regularly used by criminals to spread malicious software. To avoid accidental clicks on or within popups, it’s best to prevent them from appearing in the first place.
  • Always back up the content on your computer. If you back up, verify, and maintain offline copies of your personal and application data, ransomware scams will have limited impact on you. If you are targeted, instead of worrying about paying a ransom to get your data back, you can simply have your system wiped clean and then reload your files.
  • Be skeptical. Don't click on any emails or attachments you don’t recognize, and avoid suspicious websites altogether.

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“Recent IC3 reporting identifies Cryptowall as the most current and significant ransomware threat targeting US individuals and businesses. CryptoWall and its variants have been used to target US victims since April 2014,” read the advisory.”Between April 2014 and June 2015, the IC3 received 992 Cryptowall-related complaints, with victims reporting losses totalling over $18m.”
Source  : Cryptowall ransomware cost victims $18m in April – IT News from V3.co.uk

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