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SamSam ransomware hackers bank $6 million and counting from victims

August 03, 2018 / Jessica Davis

The hackers behind the notorious SamSam ransomware variant have made more than $6 million from their victims since 2015. And with new major victims during the last few weeks, there’s no end in sight. Healthcare organizations need to fill those major vulnerabilities now. With an estimated new victim each day, a recent report from cybersecurity firm Sophos found that about one out of four victims paid at least some of the ransom. To make matters worse: Hackers have steadily increased the ransom demand since the attack began to spike in January. Researchers analyzed data from the attacks, spoke to victims, mined private and public SamSam samples to compile the information, and worked with cryptocurrency monitoring and blockchain firm Neutrino to track down the transactions.