Over 2.3 million Windows systems were infected with ransomware in Q2 2017


Quick Heal Technologies which offers security solutions to computing products conducted a survey in which it was discovered that over 2.3 million Windows systems were infected with ransomware in Q2 of 2017. The study found that cyber criminals are now interested in working on attacks which require fewer resources to launch but give higher returns.

The survey also concluded that malware detection saw a drop of 23% in current year. But continued to emerge over 1700 times every minute.

Quick Heal’s ransomware report predicts that there will be an increased likelihood of massive attacks like WannaCry as most of the individual users and businesses will fail to keep their networks patched up with latest security updates.

Also, the study predicts that ransomware attacks might increase on health care organizations as newer and more innovative variants of ransomware will hit the healthcare sector.

Quick Heal Technologies also named a few other malware families in its report which emerged in the second quarter of this year. Those include Cry128/Cry 9, Crisis and Jaff.

The IT solutions provider’s survey also discovered that there was a 37 percent rise in Trojan infections in 1Q of 2017.  Even the perpetuation of infectors, worms, adware and potentially unwanted applications (PUA) was high in the 2nd quarter.

Quick Heal report attributed that scammers were distributing fake apps, by using popular keywords as names to trick users to download them. The report further noted that scamsters were targeting companies operating in UK, US, and Canada more as their profit margin was associated to be high from these regions.

More details will be updated shortly!

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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