This is how fast a ransomware attack encrypts all your files

It takes just five minutes for one of the most prolific forms of ransomware to encrypt 100,000 files, demonstrating how quickly ransomware can become a major cybersecurity crisis for the victim of an attack. 

Researchers at Splunk tested how quickly ten major ransomware strains encrypted networks – and some were much more effective than others at doing the job quickly, something which makes the attackers harder to stop.  

The fastest form of ransomware is LockBit, which took a median time of just 5 minutes and 50 seconds to encrypt 100,000 files. In one of the tests, it only took LockBit 4 minutes and 9 seconds to encrypt the files measuring in at 53.83 GB across different Windows operating systems and hardware specifications. 

LockBit has been one of the most prolific forms of ransomware during the early months of 2022 and the cyber criminals behind it have boasted that it’s the fastest form of ransomware. The analysis by researchers appears to show that the cyber criminals’ boast is unfortunately accurate.

Ransomware is one of the most significant cybersecurity issues facing organisations today as hackers break into networks before encrypting files and servers and demanding a ransom payment for the decryption key.

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