5 Ransomware Trends to Watch in 2018

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Last year, I published my predictions for ransomware trends, some of which turned out to be correct — others, not so much. For example, ransomware becoming part of a number of different attack groups’ toolsets and the continued growth of fileless malware were accurate predictions. On the other hand, predicting a rise in ransomware designed to publicly shame victims as well as ransomware declining because of law enforcement actions were incorrect. While ransomware is on the decline, that is more because organizations and security vendors have gotten better at stopping it earlier in the attack chain process.

Given that we’re already a few months into the new year, I thought it would be a good idea to provide an update on ransomware trends for 2018.

1. Opportunistic ransomware is generally on the decline.

Ransomware worked well for so long because bad guys made money — and made money quickly — from ransomware campaigns. Starting in 2017 and continuing into 2018, there has a been a steady decline in ransomware campaigns. The reasons for that are twofold, but interconnected:

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