How a “sadist” software update could kill your workflow is the new trend in the US software industry.
The trend is taking its cue from the likes of IBM and Microsoft, which both made major changes to their operating systems in response to the ransomware attacks that crippled their respective businesses.
IBM is now pushing out a security update that fixes the problem, but some are questioning whether the company’s updates have actually helped the affected software.
And while Microsoft has said it will push out a fix for the company-wide problem, it has been slow to push out updates for its own software, according to several sources.
So, what is a sadistic software update?
A sadistic update can be a tool in the toolbox of a ransomware actor, said Ben Biederman, director of the cybercrime research and analysis firm Trend Micro.
It can be used to add more functionality to a malware or to make a backdoor for an infected system.
It can also be used as a way to hide a ransomware infection.
Biederman said he believes the trend is driven by the increasing prevalence of ransomware attacks in the last two years.
In a post on the company blog, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company has seen a number of ransomware cases with a high number of successful attacks.
“We have seen a lot of ransomware being launched from the wild,” he wrote.
“As a result, our teams are increasingly working to combat this trend.
This includes actively detecting and mitigating the attacks and the ransomware is always evolving to meet our new best practices.”
Microsoft’s new update is not an isolated case.
On Friday, Symantec also reported that its security team has detected ransomware variants targeting more than 70,000 systems across more than 50 countries.
It said it was aware of four of the attacks targeting Microsoft customers and that Symantech was working with the company to identify the malware.
Symantek said it had already deployed patches to protect more than 2 million systems across a range of platforms and that it has received more than 20,000 reports.
“We are taking this matter very seriously and are investigating all the information,” a Symantepack spokesperson said in a statement.