Implications of Modern Malware

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/implications-modern-ransomware-randy-watkins

The owners of the ransomware noticed similar machines reporting in, and after basic footprinting realized the victim was a hospital. Knowing the hospital would face regulatory fines from losing patient information, the ransom was raised.

Randy is dead on with his assessment here. The next generation of ransomware will gain situational awareness about the environment it is in. Attackers know that organizations are far more likely to just pay the ransom than most, and they are willing to spend more to restore their data.

Implications of Modern Malware