Artificial intelligence: Leveraging machines to dissect ransomware DNA

Ransomware is a big thorn in the side of today’s digital economy. In the United States, victims of ransomware attacks paid out more than $24 million dollars in ransom in 2015, according to the FBI. And that’s only the American payouts that the FBI knows about. The global impact is far, far worse. Terminating the threat of attacks is nearly impossible using standard technologies. Often triggered by general phishing emails, or by personally targeted spear phishing messages, ransomware seems to be able to trick even the most cautious humans. Enter artificial intelligence. Traditional cybersecurity solutions study malicious activity after they have already infiltrated an organisation or consumer device. The threat is then studied and added to a database. This database of threats is called the signature database. This database then…

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