Sheraton Boston Hotel
September 11-13, 2017 | Boston, 2018 x2, MA

Most Ransomware Isn't as Complex as You Might Think

September 12, 2017
3:40pm - 4:10pm
Grand Ballroom

Ransomware has been widely touted as a highly dangerous, sophisticated and destructive breed of malware. And some of it is. But based on recent academic research, much of ransomware in the wild today is not as sophisticated or scary as most believe.

While even simple programs can extort innocent people who aren’t able to separate real from fake cyber threats or protected by advanced security technology, what’s important to note is that the many ransomware today doesn’t fall into the hardest-to-catch camp that some more advanced threats do. In essence, most ransomware today is a blunt instrument for making a quick profit rather than an advance surgical tool.

This session will take a closer look at the behaviors of some of the ransomware studied in recent academic papers.

Additionally, speaker Engin Kirda will suggest some of the implications for security professionals as they look to protect their organizations and individuals from future ransomware attacks.


Professor, College of Computer and Information Science
Northeastern University

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