How Dharma Ransomware-as-a-Service Model Works

GovInfoSecurity.com

Prajeet Nair

A new study from Sophos describes how the Dharma ransomware-as-a-service model offers low-skilled hackers the ability to profit from attacks on unprotected small businesses.

While other ransomware variants, such as Maze and Sodinokibi, have grabbed headlines with large-scale attacks and multimillion dollar payouts, the operators of Dharma and their affiliates have focused on getting smaller ransom payments from victims that lack sufficient security measures, Sophos reports (see: Ransomware: Average Business Payout Surges to $111,605).

In December 2019, when the average ransomware demand had surged to $191,000, the average Dharma ransom demand was only $8,620. That's due to the kinds of victims targeted by Dharma - mostly...

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