SamSam Attacks Underestimated – How Much Damage Did They Actually Cause?

Remember SamSam ransomware? In 2018, SamSam made news for its ransomware attacks, but it had been around for long before then. Recently we discovered SamSam has been going after people again and encrypting their files in exchange for a ransom. Keep reading to learn if you’re safe. 

SamSam is a ransomware that has molded its own business model. It demands ‘reasonable’ ransoms to ensure most people will pay. SamSam is unique for targeting specific businesses and individuals. Most ransomware attacks just spam the largest amount of people they can, hoping for a bite. But this strategy could be changing as we’ve seen ransomware targeting individuals recently.

SamSam received almost $6 million in extortion payments since 2016 and held on to countless files that were encrypted – your personal files, memories, banking information, everything.

There’s always a human attacker behind SamSam, unlike other ransomware like WannaCry or Petya. They log on at night using a Remote Desktop Protocol then configure settings to have administrator access over the network. From here they launch malware attacks on network devices and encrypt linked files. Then the attacker can demand a Dark Net payment.

So why are we bringing this up now? Ransomware is on the rise and becoming more prevalent and dangerous. McAfee’s Threat Report found that ransomware was up 59% last year. Now, SamSam ransomware has recently been caught targeting more vulnerable users again.

FixMeStick can remove the actual virus, but any files that have been tampered with are usually lost forever. That means all your photos and precious memories. But now, we have a tool that can help you save those priceless files. We’ve partnered with Picture Keeper to help you keep your photos safe – even in the event of a ransomware infection.

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2 comments

  1. RONALD JOSSELYN - Reply

    I HAVE A FIXME STICK,IT WORKE D ONLY 3OR4 TIMES THEN STOPED WORKING, AFTER MANYE-MAILS TO & FROM YOUR PRETEND CUSTOMER SUPPORT DEPARTMENT I GAVE UP

    NO RECOMEDATION FROM ME

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hey Ronald,

      I’m really sorry you had this experience. If you’d like to email us your mailing address we can mail you a replacement.

      All the best,
      FixMeStick Team

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