Ransomware has proliferated because it’s ‘largely uncontested’, says GCHQ boss

If you’ve wondered why ransomware has proliferated in recent years, it’s because until recently it has remained unchallenged, according to Sir Jeremy Fleming, director of British signals intelligence agency GCHQ.

“We’ve seen twice as many [ransomware] attacks this year as last year in the UK – but the reason it is proliferating is because it works,” Fleming told the US Cipher Brief threat conference.

Last month, the UK launched the National Cyber Force (NCF), a group with offensive capabilities that unites personnel from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), GCHQ, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

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Source: ZDNet