Vulnerable CPU Chips May Lead to More Ransomware Attacks

In the past, cybersecurity against ransomware meant a number of anti-malware tools cross-checking a virus through their databases. The database contained information related to common malware that were static and always attacked with the same stale tactics. However, with today’s advanced technologies especially breakthroughs in AI, ransomware removal analysts believe that ransomware attacks can be countered better.

A ransomware removal report indicated that ransom notes have seen an increase of 6,000 percent since the last year. A worrying scenario was the exposition of security vulnerabilities in CPU chips, Spectre and Meltdown, manufacture by major hardware vendors Intel AMD and ARM.

The most astonishing realization was the fact that some of these vulnerabilities existed for more than 20 years in Intel’s chips. Since Intel powered billions of computing devices around the world in the last two decades, it is disturbing to realize the number of computers that belonged to enterprises, institutions and governments, vulnerable to cyberthreats like ransomware and other malware.

As these companies rush to fix their flaws, cybercriminals have been given an opportunity to disrupt the world with an onslaught of ransomware campaigns. The problem with Spectre is that it interferes with the isolation barrier that exists between computing applications. This creates an opening for cybercriminals to enter into computer programs which are then connected to the ransomware’s malicious components.  

In Meltdown, the isolation mechanism between the OS and computing applications is affected which grants cybercriminals to tinker with the memory and information stored in the system. Thus, ransomware manages to block access to users’ data and systems.

Ransomware removal experts fear that after this news, ransomware attacks will only worsen. However, they are confident that with the advent of AI, ransomware can be tackled more effectively as intelligent systems will be able to catch them even when they evolve and become more invasive.



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