The European Cybercrime Centre at Europol published its Threat Assessment on Police Ransomware – a class of computer malware that has seen exponential growth in the European Union over the last two years.
At least 10,331 successful installs of ICEPOL Trojan ransomware took place in the UK last year.
As disruptive as Cryptolocker is, there's a possibility that an even deadlier type of ransomware will soon be targeting unsuspecting users.
McAfee Labs released a predictions report, analyzing 2013 trends through its Global Threat Intelligence (GTI) service to forecast the threat landscape for the coming year.
The appearance of Browlock ransomware earlier this year demonstrates that this type of malware does not need to wreak much havoc on the targets' computer to be taken seriously.