This ransomware threat, known as Ryuk, has been spreading rapidly, alluding law enforcement officials who had believed that they had stopped the threat. The ransomware threat maliciously encrypts and steals data, often leaving victims crippled. Hackers then demand ransom in exchange for the return of the files. It has been reported that five hospitals have already fallen victim to a Ryuk attack, just in the past week.
“We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement.