Sodinokibi, Ryuk leading the top ransomwares in 2019 list


Ransomware market is booming despite all global efforts against the notorious league of top ransomwares in 2019. Recently the state of Maryland also introduced a bill against the menace in the technology industry.

On the other hand, the ransomware market became a special menace for the cryptocurrency sphere. Despite being a minor fraction of the industry’s total transaction capacity, top ransomwares in 2019 continued to bring a bad name to the industry time and again.

Sodinokibi and Ryuk remained the top ransomwares in 2019

Sodinokibi remains among the top of list ransomware in the fourth quarter (Q4) of the year 2019, a Coveware report reveals. Out of the total ransomware attacks recorded during the Q4 Sodinokibi was behind as many as 29.4 percent. Sodinokibi ransomware locks down all windows files except those in the configuration file. While the only way to avoid the ransomware is to ensure that a proper antivirus has been installed on the computer.

Ryuk is following in the list with as many as 21.5 percent attacks in the Q4 alone that also happens to be one of the most important quarters every year. Believed to be of Japanese origins getting its name after the famous manga villain Ryuk the ransomware also encrypts all the files on a computer. Ryuk is especially famous since the ransom demanded is mostly in Bitcoin.

Phobos is following the list closely with as many as 10.7 percent of the attacks recorded in the Q4, while Dharma stands on the fourth position in the list with as many as 9.3 percent recorded attacks. Last but not the least, most notorious ransomwares would be NetWalker responsible for as many as 5.1 percent attacks recorded in the Q4 of the year 2019 alone.

Besides these five major ransomwares bringing bad name to the industry, there is Rapid with 3.7 percent attacks, Snatch with 2.8 percent attacks, IEncrypt with 2.3 percent attacks, and GlobeImposter with 1.9 percent recorded attacks in 2019. While various little known collectively comprise 13.3 percent of the list of top ransomwares in 2019, comprise a total of 13.3 percent of the total attacks recorded.

Ransomware menace has been hitting different cities and states across the globe, and several states in the United States of America have already begun the legislative process against this cancer of the technology industry.

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Saad B. Murtaza

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