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Cerber ransomware earns $2.3mil with 0.3% response rate

Maria Korolov | Aug. 17, 2016
The fast-growing Cerber ransomware earned nearly $200,000 in July despite a payment rate of just 0.3 percent as a result of its affiliate distribution model, according to a new report by Check Point

it was surprising how few people paid the ransom, she said. Previous estimates by other researchers have put payment rates at much higher levels.

"But it still gives the threat actors enough money," she added.

When analyzing the Cerber malware, Check Point also found a vulnerability in its decryption mechanism.

The company has published a decryption tool that exploits this vulnerability.


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