Ransomware-as-a-Service is a hit with the tech illiterate
Cerber eclipsed Locky as the most common ransomware pathogen doing the rounds in the first three months of 2017.
Cerber's control of the cybercrime market rose from 70 per cent market share in January to 87 per cent in March, according to the latest cybercrime tactics report by Malwarebytes Lab.
The success of Cerber is down to its features (robust encryption, offline encryption etc) combined with the adoption of a Ransomware-as-a-Service business model, whereby the ransomware can be modified or leased. "It's also very easy for non-technical criminals to get their hands on a customised version of the ransomware," Malwarebytes reports.
Malwarebytes' findings follow reports from Microsoft that Cerber was topping its Windows 10 ransomware chart.
By contrast, the Locky ransomware (last year's number one) has dropped off the map, likely due to a switch in tactics by the cybercrooks behind the Necurs spam botnet.continue reading