New SamSam ransomware campaign aims at targets across the US

SamSam ransomware is still plaguing organisations across the US, with fresh attacks against 67 new targets — including at least one involved with administering the upcoming midterm elections.

The malware is designed in such a way that it in addition to encrypting files and data across target networks, it also goes after backups as a means of ensuring that victims are truly left with no option than to give in and pay the ransom.

These tactics are working, as the group behind SamSam are thought to have made over $6m from ransom payments, often demanding over $50,000 in bitcoin for restoring systems.

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Source: ZDNet