The State of Ransomware in 2016: An InfographicAs we approach the end of 2016 it's become clear that ransomware isn't going anywhere soon. Attacks are increasing, ransom demands are increasing, and with every new Bitcoin payment new incentive is provided for criminals to evolve their technology and techniques. And as the money flows in, more criminals are incentivized to get in on the action.
As a result, ransomware continues to mature, now making up the majority of malware included in exploit kits and phishing emails. With demand comes supply, and ransomware creation has become increasingly competitive. Criminal groups hack and release competing groups' decryption keys. Even worse, these groups have established ransomware-as-a-service models, allowing any would-be criminal to utilize their software, regardless of technical knowledge. And now we're seeing pyramid schemes where infected users are offered a decryption key to unlock their data if they pass along their infection to others.
How has the threat of ransomware been evolving in 2016? And where are things headed? To help you get a better sense of the current state of ransomware, we've collected the following telling 2016 ransomware statistics in our infographic: Ransomware Statistics 2016.