Interactive entertainment platforms have been hit by a spate of ransomware attacks in recent weeks, according to data compiled by the cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect.
The ransomware infections in the past few months have affected a wide variety of platforms, ranging from Facebook to Netflix.
A lot of the attacks are targeting Facebook, with an estimated 30% of the total infections being linked to the social network.
In a statement to ThreatConnect, the social media company said: “In recent weeks our teams have been seeing a significant increase in the number of ransomware cases and ransomware-related data breaches affecting Facebook users and in general, our teams are constantly working to keep our platform secure.”
Facebook also added: “As a company, we are committed to protecting our users from any threat and we take these threats very seriously.
We are working with Facebook to ensure our users’ data is safe and secure.”
Ransomware attacks are increasingly taking place at the speed of light and the cybercriminals have managed to infect a large number of popular web browsers including Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox.
The malware is spread by phishing emails and attachments.
Ransomware has also been used by cybercrimins to steal banking credentials and personal data from victims, according the threat firm.
The latest wave of ransomware infections has been linked to a new strain of ransomware called CryptoLocker, which has also infected the Chrome browser.
The news comes after several companies, including Adobe, Intel, Google, and Yahoo, also reported ransomware attacks earlier this week.