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At first glance, the 25 percent jump in ransomware families that Trend Micro is forecasting for 2017 doesn’t sound much like good news. But that’s actually a substantial improvement over the 400 percent jump in ransomware variants recorded in the first 9 months of this year alone.
Unfortunately, while ransomware will grow more slowly in quantity next year, Trend Micro believes it will feature a greater variety of targets and techniques. Mobile devices will come under increased assault, for example, and cybercrooks will seek to double their take from successful attacks by stealing confidential data they can sell on underground markets before unleashing ransomware viruses.
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