Mamba getting jumbo

The snake is back. Mamba ransomware – which first surfaced in a major attack at the end of 2016 against San Francisco’s municipal transportation agency – has now launched attacks against large corporations in Saudi Arabia and Brazil, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Mamba uses legitimate software called DiskEncryptor to lock files on a hard drive and can encrypt an entire hard drive – the first ransomware to focus on hard drives rather than files. Kaspersky Lab notes that there is currently no way to decrypt data that has been encrypted using the DiskCryptor utility because of the strong encryption algorithms employed by the attackers.