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The malware that usually installs ransomware and you need to remove right away
Gone are the days when ransomware groups operated by launching mass email spam campaigns in the hopes of infecting random users across the internet.
Today, ransomware operators have evolved from a niche of clumsy malware gangs into a series of complex cybercrime cartels with the skills, tools, and budgets of government-sponsored hacking groups.
Nowadays, ransomware gangs rely on multi-level partnerships with other cybercrime operations. Called “initial access brokers,” these groups operate as the supply chain of the criminal underground, providing ransomware gangs (and others) with access to large collections of compromised systems.