Cybercrime Soaring Reports MalwareBytes

Cybercrime is accelerating at a worrying rate, reports MalwareBytes in its Q1 2019 report. Every quarter that goes by shows more alarming data as to how much cybercrime activity is going on out there, with organizations and companies being called to face and deal with an increasing amount of threats, coming literally from everywhere.


The importance of these reports is to identify trends, see how profit and difficulty define malicious targeting, and how we can all take steps to make cybercrime largely non-feasible.


The main finding of the study is that crooks target enterprises more than ever before, which on a positive note also means that they have left consumers to have some relative peace of mind. This is obviously due to the fact that the enterprise sector is where valuable data, and so where all the money is. The rise in this targeting is expressed through ransomware, malware, and trojans. On the consumer field, cybercriminals focused on Mac and iPhone users, because again, this is where the money is. So, they refreshed their adware spreading tools, used specially crafted malware that tricks Apple’s protection, and run quite a few phishing campaigns.


The report highlights:


  • Compared to Q1 2018, cybercrime against business went up by 235%
  • Compared to Q1 2018, cybercrime against consumers went down by 40%
  • Malware volume compared to Q4 2018 went down by 35%
  • Emotet is now wholly focused on enterprise targets, having a rise of 200% compared to Q4 2018, and 600% compared to Q1 2018
  • Ransomware against businesses has made a comeback, increasing by 195% compared to Q4 2018, and 500% compared to Q1 2018
  • Ransomware targeting consumers dropped by 10% compared to Q4 2018, and 33% compared to Q1 2018
  • Consumer-focused crypto mining is no longer a thing.
  • Mac malware infections increased by 60% from Q4 2018, while Mac adware increased by 200% for the same period.

The full report can be read here.

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