"Avast's user base has landed on websites hosting ransomware more than 18 million times over six weeks"
Fresh statistics from the maker of a widely used free security product show the extent to which users are encountering file-encrypting malware known as ransomware.
On Monday, Prague-based Avast said that over the past six weeks, users of its security products landed on websites hosting ransomware more than 18 million times. The company estimates 200 million Windows, Mac and Android devices have its software installed.
"Browser ransomware is making a huge impact on Avast users in France, most of North America, some of the Nordic countries, and Australia," wrote Jan Sirmer, senior virus analyst, on a company blog.
Avast isn't the only security company to notice an alarming uptick in ransomware attacks. Symantec and Microsoft have warned that such attacks from malware families such as Reveton, Crilock and Cryptolocker are increasingly prevalent and leave users helpless unless their files are backed up.
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