New figures from Dell SecureWorks suggest that the current market leader, CryptoWall, hasn’t been as profitable as the infamous CryptoLocker despite infecting more PCs and holding hostage a staggering 5.25 billion files.
According to Computerworld UK, the firm now believes that CryptoLocker probably made around $3 million in ransoms, roughly three times the sums made by CryptoWall, which it estimates at $1.1 million. That is despite CryptoWall infecting at least 625,000 systems since its debut in March 2014 and 24 August.
Nevertheless, CryptoWall had still managed to encrypt a staggering 5.25 billion files, the firm said. Of the infections detected by Dell SecureWorks, the US represented 40.6 percent (253,521), Vietnam 10.7 percent (66,590) and the UK 40,258 (6.4 percent).