Locky remains one of the biggest ransomware threats to this very date. Now that the Necurs botnet is back, it looks like a new version of Locky Bitcoin ransomware is available as well. A new spam campaign is underway to infect as many computers as possible.
Roughly three weeks ago, the Necurs botnet suddenly went offline, leaving security researchers puzzled as to what happened to it. This reprieve was rather short-lived, however, as the botnet returned in full force a few days ago. Moreover, it is spreading an improved version of both Locky ransomware and the Dridex banking trojan.
Proofpoint researchers noted how the Necurs botnet started sending out several million spam emails on Monday. All of these emails contain both types of malware, in the hopes of infecting consumer machines and corporate networks all over the world. Ransomware has become far more popular in 2015 than ever before, and it seems like this trend will continue throughout 2016.
Although details are not officially confirmed, security researchers believe Necurs is one of the largest botnets in the world. Threatpost mentioned how there seem to be over 6.1 million infected computers as part of this network.Moreover, this botnet has been instrumental in spreading Dridex and Locky, resulting in US$100,000 to US$200,00 in daily revenue from these malware strains.
As one would come to expect, the new and improved Locky is even better at avoiding detection. Several new features have been built in by the developers, such as detecting a sandboxed environment and relocation Locky instruction code. Security researchers will have a hard time coming up with new solutions to combat this ransomware moving forward.
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