Lots of small variants released this week, but surprisingly most are actually active and being distributed. The big stories are new distribution methods for GandCrab, decryptors for Cryakl variants and MoneroPay, and a new ransomware called Black Ruby.
While we are continuing to see less ransomware developed and more attackers focusing on a few large-impact strains, Ransomware is unfortunately not dead. This was particularly apparent this week with plenty of news to go around.
A ransomware called MoneroPay has been discovered that takes advantage of the cryptocurrency craze by spreading itself as a wallet for a fake coin called SpriteCoin. While users were installing what they was a new cryptocoin and synching it to the blockchain, secretly behind the scenes MoneroPay was silently encrypting the computer.