Cerber ransomware is notorious for its constant changes. The renegade developers behind the virus work tirelessly to make their software difficult to combat against. The latest chapter in the book of Cerber ransomware pertains to its distribution patterns.
Researchers at SANS Internet Storm Center have reported that Cerber is spread through a campaign called Blank Slate. The emails distributing the ransomware are made to look vague. The subject line consists of a random combination of numbers. The name of the attachment is generated in the same manner.
An increase in the ransom
It appears that a successful propagation vector reflects on the amount of the ransom. Blank Slate has been established as the most prevalent distribution method. This seems to have had an effect on the confidence of the cyber criminals. They recently decided to make higher demands.
Until a few days ago, Cerber demanded a ransom of $500 USD. The ransom gets listed in bitcoins. It got changed in parallel with the exchange rate, so that it would always be equal to the fixed amount. The constant shifts in the ransom came to an abrupt end after the cyber criminals decided to raise the sum up to 1 bitcoin. This is the current ransom amount.
Brad Duncan of SANS Internet Storm Center made a statement in an attempt to help people protect their computers. The expert talked about the user’s involvement in opening the door for the infection.