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The World’s Most Malicious Ransomware Attacks

With ransomware attacks continuing to rise, we take a look at the biggest and most devastating attacks in recent history.

As we continue to push forward through the year, ransomware attacks are the most widespread and determinantal form of malware on the internet. Recent events have been so shocking that the entire City of Atlanta remained crippled almost a week after an attack, with residents unable to pay their bills. However, much larger attacks have taken place, affecting even more innocent individuals. Here are some of the world’s most significant ransomware attacks to have hit the web:

Recently, GrandCrab has grabbed everyone’s attention. The ransomware was discovered just this year and continues to hold everyday individuals hostage by encrypting all of the data on a user’s machine. What makes this piece of malware so ingenious is the way it’s been designed to hide the identity of the hackers who created it. To remove the ransomware from your machine, you must pay between $300-500 through a secure TOR network connection using an anonymous cryptocurrency known as Dash.

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Accurately described by its name, the WannaCry strain of malware will indeed make you weep if you fall victim to it. The malicious piece of ransomware infected individuals in over 150 countries last year, in addition to targeting Britain’s National Health Service. Initially, the software used a piece of the Microsoft Windows file sharing system to infect other machines, but it eventually evolved. As with other ransomware scams, anyone infected found themselves forced to pay, this time via Bitcoin if they ever wanted to see if their data again.

Not to be confused with the action-packed James Bond film of the 1990s, GoldenEye is a nasty piece of malware that’s also known as ‘NotPetya.’ Infecting reputable companies such as AP Moller-Maersk, Cadbury, FedEx, and Merck, the ransomware requested $300 for every computer infected. Easy to be tricked by, the malware sneaks onto your machine through an email or infected Word document. To add insult to injury, the malware has been smart enough to clear any actions it takes on a device, making it difficult to track down the criminal creators.

How Do You Stay Safe?
What’s disturbing is each piece of malware noted above have all been released within the last few years. Your data is at significant risk because ransomware attacks grow more aggressive each year.

Your computer isn’t the only device at risk either, collections of malware also target Android users. You can keep yourself protected by downloading dfndr security which has a full virus scan feature to locate any threats on your device, as well an anti-hacking feature that’s powered by AI, which will block malicious links before you click on them.