The big bucks of ransomware: How gangs can make $25k a week

Analysis from endpoint security firm SentinelOne has found just how fast and efficient it is for cyber criminals to make money using ransomware.

According to the research, the CryptXXX developers received 70 Bitcoin from 61 ransom payments – about $50,000 – between June 4 and June 21.

CryptXXX emerged over two months ago and has already been seen in numerous infection campaigns associated with dominant exploit kits (EKs), such as Angler and Magnitude.

“With this kind of success, it’s likely we’ll continue to see this family and other ransomware families continue to grow and evolve,” SentinelOne researchers wrote. “Some factors which may contribute to this are the increasing reliance on computers to store and process valuable information and the increasing popularity of Bitcoin which is semi-anonymous, works globally, and is difficult to regulate because it’s completely decentralized.”

Ransomware works by getting into a computer system and encrypting files. Money is then demanded for the key to decrypt them.

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