SamSam ransomware group has hit 67 organizations in 2018, researchers say

The group behind the disruptive SamSam ransomware has attacked 67 different organizations in 2018, nearly a quarter of which were health care organizations, new research shows. SamSam, which is deployed in a more targeted way than other ransomware, hobbled Atlanta’s municipal agencies in March, and reportedly struck medical-testing giant LabCorp in July.

Cybersecurity company Symantec has released data showing that of the 67 organizations targeted by the SamSam group in the last 10 months, more than 80 percent are based in the United States. “SamSam continues to pose a grave threat to organizations in the U.S.,” a Symantec blog post states. “The group is skilled and resourceful, capable of using tactics and tools more commonly seen in espionage attacks.”

Read more about the SamSam ransomware campaigns on CyberScoop.