You've heard us talk about the scary form of ransomware called "Locky" that uses Microsoft Word documents to sneak in and hijack your computer files. It's been a huge concern, and was even the culprit that forced officials at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles to fork over $17,000. If you missed that story, click here to read all about it.
But it looks like Locky is no longer the baddest kid in town. Another form of ransomware called "CryptXXX" has recently appeared, and is making the rounds. CryptXXX has actually been seen before, but appears to have been updated by its authors.
This new version of CryptXXX has found a way to steal users' credentials, which hackers are using to increase the amount of money that can be leveraged in each attack.
It works by using what's called "StillerX," which gives cybercriminals the ability to target various applications and software programs, such as Cisco VPN credentials.
Just how much money does CryptXXX collect daily? Experts believe it's somewhere within the range of $100,000 - $200,000.
Unlike Locky, CryptXXX does not rely on malicious attachments to infect a user's system. Instead, it relies on getting the user to click on malicious links that contain exploit kits. CryptXXX is also extremely good at hunting for files to encrypt on local and attached storage devices, as well as shared resources on any given network.