MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The recent attacks of WannaCry and ExPetr ransomware that affected thousands of commercial computers and programs, and government agencies all around the world, justify the company’s concerns.
"What causes the most concern over the increasing number of attacks of encryption viruses is that they are ever more aimed at the financial and industrial infrastructure. The reasons behind such tendency are clear: the criminals consider malware attacks against organizations more profitable than mass attacks at ordinary users. In such case, the plotters get not only the company’s money but also valuable information that could be used for blackmail or sabotage," Anton Ivanov, the anti-virus expert with the Kaspersky Lab, said, as quoted in the statement.
In May, WannaCry ransomware hit over 200,000 computers in some 150 countries, including the UK public health system NHS, the German state rail company Deutsche Bahn, the Russian Interior Ministry and major multinational banks.
In June, a large-scale hacking attack targeted companies across the world, mainly effecting organizations in Ukraine. The attackers used ransomware that was initially recognized as Petya, but was later identified as a new type of malware named ExPetr. Some experts said the virus was a wiper rather than ransomware proper.