Top Cyber Threats: Security Research Roundup
Find out what the latest research reveals about the current state of malware, phishing, and other attacks.
Recent reports from Panda Security, Trend Micro, Websense, Verizon, Sophos, Symantec, Group-IB and Bit9 have shed light on the current state of malware, phishing, and other attack methods.
From the rise of Trojans and ransomware to the functionality of Android malware, these reports provide an insight into the current state of the ever-changing threat landscape.
Key findings include the following: almost all malware infections are now the result of installation or injection by a remote attacker, smaller organizations are increasingly being hit with targeted attacks, ransomware is expanding from a focus on Russia to target a wide range of countries, and two thirds of security professionals expect their organizations to be hit by a cyber attack within the next six months. For details, and for many more findings, read on.
NEW MALWARE STRAINS IN Q1 2012, BY TYPE:
According to Panda Security's PandaLabs Q1 2012 Report [PDF file], six million new malware samples were created in the first quarter of 2012. During that time period, Trojans represented 80.77 percent of all new malware, up from 73 percent of all malware in 2011. Worms comprised 9.3 percent of samples, up from 8 percent in 2011, while viruses made up 6.43 percent of samples, down from 14.25 percent in 2011.
MALWARE INFECTIONS BY TYPE IN Q1 2012:
Panda Security's PandaLabs Q1 2012 Report [PDF file] found that Trojans caused 66.3 percent of all infections, followed by worms at 8.39 percent and viruses at 7.9 percent. The researchers highlight the fact that worms only caused 8.39 percent of infections despite accounting for 9.3 percent of all new malware, which is notable because worms usually cause more infections thanks to their ability to propagate automatically. "This demonstrates that massive worm epidemics have become a thing of the past, and have been replaced by a silent Trojan invasion," they write.
MOST MALWARE INFECTED COUNTRIES IN Q1 2012:
According to Panda Security’s PandaLabs Q1 2012 Report [PDF file], 35.51 percent of PCs are infected in the average country. China has the most infections, with 54.25 of PCs infected, followed by Taiwan and Turkey. Nine of the 10 least infected countries are in Europe – the only non-European country in the top 10 list is Japan. Sweden is the least infected country, with a record-setting infection rate of less than 20 percent of computers.