SINGAPORE – January 26, 2018 – Malwarebytes, the leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution, today released a security research report analyzing the top malware threats for 2017 in the world. The Malwarebytes Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques: 2017 State of Malware Report shows sharp increases in malware-based cybercrime, including ransomware, banking Trojans, spyware, adware, cryptocurrency miners and others were detected across all victims.
Globally, the study reveals a 90 percent increase in ransomware attacks for businesses and consumers, becoming the fifth-most detected threat. In Asia Pacific, ransomware (1000% increase), hijacker (522% increase), spyware (200% increase), and worms (50% increase), all increased from 2016.
Key findings for Asia Pacific include:
Consumer Ransomware, Singapore (Orange: 2017. Blue: 2016)
Business Ransomware, Singapore (Orange: 2017. Blue: 2016)
Business Malware, Singapore (Orange: 2017. Blue: 2016)
Consumer Malware, Singapore (Orange: 2017. Blue: 2016)
Jeff Hurmuses, Area Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Malwarebytes said, “It’s clear that cybercriminals are becoming more strategic as they pick the most effective form of attack. While Asia Pacific hasn’t been a major target in the past, the data we are seeing leads us to believe that ransomware, worms, and spyware attacks will become a major threat in the region. It’s crucial that companies, particularly in the healthcare and education sectors, stay ahead of these threats, familiarize themselves with cybercriminals’ methodologies and tactics, and replace their outdated security systems before they become a victim of an attack.”
Globally, the report reveals significant changes in cybercriminal methodology, including:
To better understand how cybercriminals are evolving their threats and tactics, Malwarebytes researchers analyzed security threat telemetry from January 2016 to November 2017. Data was also obtained from Malwarebytes’ internal honeypots and collection efforts to identify not only infection, but also malware distribution. The report finds significant increases in the volume of threats against both businesses and consumers and details the most interesting and impactful methods of malware creation and distribution in all of 2017.
Read the full Cybercrime Tactics & Techniques: 2017 State of Malware Report here.
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