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McAfee Labs Report Sees New Ransomware Surge 165 Percent in First Quarter of 2015

Report Reveals Massive Growth in New Ransomware and Praises Adobe Security Team’s Speed in Addressing 42 Adobe Flash Vulnerabilities in Q1 2015

News Highlights:

  • New ransomware surges 165 percent in Q1 2015 largely due to proliferation of the CTB-Locker family and its “affiliate” program, a new ransomware family called Teslacrypt, and new versions of CryptoWall, TorrentLocker and BandarChor
  • New Adobe Flash malware grows 317 percent as attackers shift focus from Java archive and Microsoft Silverlight vulnerabilities to exploit un-patched Adobe Flash vulnerabilities
  • Adobe Security Team provides patches to all 42 new Adobe Flash vulnerabilities on the same day they are submitted to the National Vulnerability Database
  • New details about Equation Group firmware attacks using hard disk drive (HDD) and solid state drive (SSD) reprogramming technologies