Microsoft has released new data which shows that the number of ransomware attacks on Windows computer has declined in the last months of the previous year.
During the last few months of last year, the number of cases of ransomware declined on Windows computers, according to Microsoft based on data from Windows Defender, the built-in Windows virus. According to the software giant, ransomware was one of the greatest threats in 2016 and was able to enter millions of computers. It involved both actual infections as attempts at infection.
From September, the number of Windows based computers saw a decline in ransomware attacks. This is according to Microsoft mainly because emails that try to spread ransomware, which is the main distribution method for this type of malware were blocked before. Users can no longer be tempted to open files or links that lead to ransomware.
In addition, cybercriminals attempt to spread ransomware also through exploit kits that use vulnerabilities in Flash Player, Internet Explorer and Silverlight. The use of exploit kits has decreased in the last half of previous year after a notorious group was arrested. Microsoft warns that despite the encouraging statistics the threat of ransomware is not over, as cybercriminals continue to try new ways. In addition, they focus more on other platforms, such as servers, and try new distribution methods, such as Skype and USB sticks.
Source: Microsoft Blog