Ransomware: A Declining Force in Today’s Threat Landscape

17 Feb 2018
12:00 - 13:00
Room 135

Ransomware: A Declining Force in Today’s Threat Landscape

In recent years, ransomware has been a notable theme in news reports of malicious Internet activity. However, even with such notable cases as WannaCry, Petya, and Bad Rabbit in 2017, the overall volume of ransomware has dropped significantly during the past year. This presentation discusses recent trends and provides a counterpoint to media reporting that tends to sensationalize ransomware. To understand today’s trends, we also review a history of ransomware to show how current samples lack the innovation of previous years. These trends indicate ransomware has become less of an overall danger in today’s threat landscape.