It is becoming easier and easier for would-be hackers to get in on the ever more popular money-maker, ransomware, which has proven so successful recently
. With confirmed ransomware attacks on Travelex, Honda, Mitsubishi, Konica Minolta and Canon, including a long list of government institutions, universities and financial institutions in 2020 alone, we can expect the beat to go on.
Now script kiddies (a derogatory term for unskilled hackers) have more plug-and-play options when it comes to deploying ransomware, with the newest Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) from Dharma, which essentially does the hacking for the hackers. Dharma ransomware developers earn 30-40% of any ransom pay-out, with attackers typically collecting around $9,000 USD per successful attack. BleepingComputer
recently published a step-by-step article on this new Dharma RaaS, also mentioning that most professional hacking outfits make it difficult for non-professional hackers to use their RaaS.
So, what is RaaS and where have we seen it deployed before? RaaS is malware designed by professional coders, designed to be launched against a target quickly and without the need to be an expert coder, hacker or cyber-criminal. A quick Google search will bring you to any number of websites which have infiltrated the Internet, offering RaaS
for between $200 and $400 USD and arriving, ready to use, in 4 to 48 hours. Gone are the days when RaaS was only available in the nether regions of the dark web - and the target consumers of this new Dharma RaaS likely wouldn’t be able to find it there anyway. A search of reddit.com
brings up a global smorgasbord of RaaS options for all countries, languages and skill levels. In short, we can all expect this new Dharma initiative to be a big money maker and to see more of this type of plug-and-play ransomware in the future.
With the number of ransomware attacks increasing exponentially and the hacking process getting easier, the only hope businesses have is effective protection before the event occurs. Better, faster and more agile network security is needed to combat this issue, starting with Sangfor's APT/Ransomware Protection Service
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