Tanzania Computer Emergency Team (TZ-CERT) part of Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is informed of malicious software family of ransomware known as SamSam-ransomware. Similar to WannaCry-ransomware, SamSam has a tendency to encrypt files on the compromised systems and demands from victims a ransom in crypto-currency to decrypt them.
The SamSam actors target Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems and services specifically of organisations. Based on statistics provided by Symantec, SamSam-ransomware attacks have hit nearly seventy (70) institutions in the United States earlier this year. The Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) estimates that the SamSam group has received $6 million in ransom payments to date and caused over $30 million in losses to victims. <<read more>>