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Cisco Eradicates Angler Exploit Kit, Halts $30m Ransomware Outbreak

Cisco the security company has had its researchers do big by eliminating Angler, halting one huge ransomware attack associated with the exploit kit which reportedly yielded hackers over $30m every year, published threatpost.com in news on October 6, 2015.

In one just published report, specialists with the Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group of Cisco are said to have come down heavily on Angler attack toolkit during the summer while efficaciously diluted half of the toolkit's operation.

It is understood that cyber-criminals delivered exploits to approximately nine thousand distinct IP addresses daily via each and every proxy server, counting 147 that they ran. Earlier investigation the networking major conducted revealed that nearly 40% of the exploit delivery efforts were successful that led to some 529,000 computers being hijacked during a one month period.

Cisco computed the attackers' expected revenue via considering the data of earlier investigation that showed that some 62% of the contaminations from Angler served ransomware, with a mean sum of USD300 asked as ransom payment off every victim.

The security company's considerable blow follows an observation that majority proxy servers belonging to the cyber-crooks received their hosting services from Limestone Networks the provider of cloud hosting from Dallas. Limestone not just disrupted the sinister servers; however, it as well let Cisco obtain details of the particular Angler operation.

It was determined that the cyber-crooks bought from Limestone a total of 815 servers during a period of 7 days with the help of filched payment cards. Slowly, a server infrastructure was built. And though probably Limestone too gained advantage from it, still according to the firm, there occurred a loss of $10,000 every month for it because of the malevolent operation as the affected owners of the payment cards asked to be compensated when they became aware of the fraud.

Cisco blogged that the development struck down heavily on the upcoming hacker market characterized with ransomware as well as illegal sale of filched 'personally identifiable information,' payment card info and IPs that netted innumerable amounts of dollars every year. Networkworld.com reported this in news on October 6, 2015.

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