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Wildfire Ransomware Operators Made $80,000 in One Month

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Aug
2016
Wildfire Ransomware Operators Made $80,000 in One Month

Wildfire Ransomware Operators Made $80,000 in One Month

Wildfire, a recently observed piece of ransomware targeting mainly users in Belgium and the Netherlands, has generated roughly $80,000 in payments for its operators in just a month, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab researchers reveal.

The malware managed to infect over 5,300 systems within 31 days prior to Aug 23, 2016, for a total of 5,768 infections, Intel researchers say. They also note that 236 people paid the ransom, which resulted in the ransomware’s operators earning 136 Bitcoin (~$80,000) in one month.

However, the amount could have been larger, but it appears that Wildfire’s operators allowed victims to pay only one third of the demanded ransom.

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