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The authors of the blackmailer Cerber earn $946 thousand in the year

The authors of the blackmailer Cerber earn $946 thousand in the year

by sigismund » 2016-08-17 18:01:29


In the framework of the RaaS, the authors and operators of the Trojan receive an annual income of $2.3 million


Researchers from the companies Check Point and InSights has published an extensive report on the activities of rent-seeking BY Cerber. According to experts, in the framework of the ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), the authors and operators of the Trojan receive an annual income of $2.3 million.

Check Point experts have begun to monitor the activity of the Trojan in June of this year and found that on average operators Cerber daily launch 8 new campaigns. In July alone, victims of the cryptographer was about 150 thousand users in 201 countries worldwide. According to the report, during that period, total revenues amounted to $195 thousand From $78 thousand went to the authors AT the extortionate, and the rest was shared between the affiliates. According to experts, every year the virus writers without any risk earn $946 thousand

Cyber criminals are getting a substantial income even given the fact that only 3% of victims acquire the decoder. The percentage depends on geographic location and the method of dissemination Cerber (exploit kits, attack drive-by-downloads, spam). Mostly to pay a ransom for decrypting the files tend to residents of Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Germany, Italy and France.

Affiliates Cerber become successful money launderers, the report of the experts. For file recovery Cerber demands a ransom of 1 bitcoin (currently this amount sootvetsvuet approximately $590). These funds come on a unique bitcoin wallet is created for each user. After payment, the victim receives a decryption key. Further, the payment goes to the developer of malware through a complex system that does not allow to track individual transactions, and an affiliated organization receives a percentage.
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