he Was behind almost 25 % of attacks registered by Kaspersky during the second quarter.

ransomware that encrypts files and demands ransom for their release follows their progress. The security firm Kaspersky detected 16 017 new modifications of this malware in the second quarter of 2019, some of them linked to the new eight families.

So, the result is that the number of samples detected has more than doubled compared to a year ago, when they were 7 620.

In terms of the number of affected, this time it was of 232 292 unique users in front of the 158 921 of the second quarter of 2018. That is to say, has increased its incidence by 46 %. The countries most targeted were Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Mozambique.

Something that calls the attention is that the infamous WannaCry remains the ransomware that more attacks is the protagonist, being behind the 23.4% of the cases. And that Microsoft had released a patch to close the vulnerability on Windows that takes advantage of WannaCry even before the start of your activity a couple of years ago.

After another 13.8 per cent of the attacks is Gandcrab. “The case GandCrab is a good example of how effective it can be a ransomware“ analyzes Fedor Sinitsyn, a security researcher of Kaspersky, “its creators announced the end of its malicious activity after stating that they won a huge amount of money extorting their victims” and sneaks in the top positions.

“we expect that new actors will replace GandCrab and we urge all to protect their devices by installing software updates regularly, and choosing a security solution reliable”, ends Sinitsyn.

Other recommendations are to make multiple backup copies of the files and not pay the ransom demanded by the cybercriminals.