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In this week's Risk & Repeat podcast, SearchSecurity editors talk about the SamSam ransomware campaign, which may be the work of a single hacker who's made nearly $6 million.
New insights into the notorious SamSam ransomware revealed just how successful the campaign has been since it first appeared in 2016.
According to new research from cybersecurity vendor Sophos Ltd., the SamSam ransomware has generated nearly $6 million in ransom payments from more than 200 organizations. The Sophos report details how the campaign operates differently than most traditional ransomware efforts, and it argues that a single threat actor is likely behind SamSam rather than a group of cybercriminals.
Why does the SamSam ransomware work so well? Why does the threat actor behind the campaign take a more manual approach to targeting and infecting victims? Will other cybercriminals take a page from SamSam's increasingly sophisticated and effective playbook? SearchSecurity editors Rob Wright and Peter Loshin discuss those questions and more in this episode of the Risk & Repeat podcast.