Ransomware Newcomers Include Pay2Key, RansomEXX, Everest

Healthcare Info Security

Mathew J. Schwartz

While the Maze ransomware gang retired last year, new operators emerged, using crypto-locking malware to extort victims.

The newer ransomware players include Pay2Key, RansomEXX and Everest, according to security firms that track cybercrime operators.

But many of the big operators continue their campaigns. Furthermore, just six ransomware operations - Maze, Egregor, Conti, Sodinokibi/REvil, DoppelPaymer and NetWalker - were responsible for 84% of all known attacks last year, says San Francisco-based digital risk protection firm Digital Shadows.

The company says the other 16% of attacks were waged by

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