Ransomware took hold of industry last year, leeching off smaller entities, such as state governments, healthcare facilities and school districts.
The operators behind GandCrab retired the ransomware last year as successor REvil debuted. In 2019, McAfee said there would be "stronger malware as a service families" as malicious hackers would partner up, consolidating the ecosystem.
The actors behind GandCrab abandoned ship for REvil, while also learning from Maze's operators. The ransomware operators have taken encryption to another level, threatening to publicly disclose or sell stolen data to competitors.
It's a "double whammy" ransomware attack, Brett Callow, threat analyst for Emsisoft, told CIO Dive, in an email. Exfiltrated data "used as additional leverage to extort ransoms are a relatively new phenomenon."
While this is a micro-trend gearing up for the New Year, according to Emsisoft, ransomware-turned-breach has longevity dependent on its profitability.
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