Ransomware - also known as crypto trojans - are available in a wide variety of variants. That's how in 2013 CryptoLocker made the round. In 2016, we were confronted with a new generation of ransomware . Locky, Goldeneye, Stampado are just a few examples of malicious software that have become even more professional, effective and perfidious. And since then, they have still not completely disappeared from the scene.
In short, everyone can easily be affected by these attacks! A private person suffers from such an attack as much as a hospital loosing its complete data (e.g. patient records) It is said a US hospital paid a ransomware attacker around 16,000 US dollars to get its data back. The crucial question is: How valuable is your company information (sensitive data, prototypes, contracts, etc.) to you and what does its loss mean for you?
In any case, for the attackers ransomware is a profitable business. "Malware as a Service" - programs (that are immediately ready for use) are offered in the Darknet. Ultimately, the market for cybercrime is now bigger and more lucrative than the volume of international drug trafficking. The motto also seems to be: Spread it to the market as widely as possible.