Ransomware attacks have become so common that the word “common” lacks the vitality to qualify their occurrence. There is a new model dubbed “ransomware-as-a-service” (RaaS), whereby novice hackers can access sophisticated ransomware. It’s a subscription-based model that enables affiliates with low coding erudition to ride on the coding expertise of malware developers to deploy ransomware attacks and in return pay some percentage for the service. RaaS is strategically designed to empower even the most novice hacker to deploy sophisticated attacks.
Chisom Ndukwu is a tech enthusiast who provides freelance tech writing services, including proofreading.
It no longer surprises us that someone somewhere could just take over our computer systems, seize access to the file thereof, and hold the workings of our computer systems hostage until we pay a ransom. Ransomware attacks have become so common that the word “common” lacks the vitality to qualify their occurrence.
I know you still remember the Colonial Pipeline attack in 2021, and you couldn’t have forgotten so soon a ransomware group, Netwalker, that targeted the University of California at Santa Barbara in the middle of COVID-19 research. These attacks cost the victims millions of dollars and disrupted services.
These are only a few recent incidents, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want me to take you down a long memory lane — you are probably aware of all the horrible past incidents of ransomware attacks. You know that in each case the bad actors composed the music and forced innocent people in cyberspace to dance to its