The number of different families of ransomware is ever-growing and has risen to almost 10 million known samples of the file-encrypting malware – while the most stealthy forms of malicious software have also boomed. That figure is up from six million ransomware samples just one year ago, representing a 59 percent increase, say figures in the latest McAfee Labs Quarterly Threats Report. One of the most significant reasons the ransomware attacks have risen so much is because cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Android smartphones. The report cites the Congur ransomware as the most significant reason for this, with figures suggesting that this single Android-targeting family accounts for almost nine in ten mobile attacks.
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