Malware is less common now, but still represents hacker’s top attack method

Malware attacks are slowly becoming less common since the start of 2018, but this doesn’t mean that they will disappear, in fact, this type of attack is still representing hackers top choice.

A cybersecurity report showed that the number of unique cyber incidents grew by 47% compared with the same period of last year, but the malware attacks dropped from 63% in Q1 to 49% in Q2. Credential compromises now represent more than doubled of all attack methods.
Researchers found with surprise that, now, most unique cyber incidents are targeted attacks on companies, on their clients or on cryptocurrency exchanges. Hackers are using new types of malware that exploit zero-day vulnerabilities, and in addition, they also leverage social engineering tactics to steal administrator passwords.

Remember everything is hackable. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;

Just in the last quarter, hackers stole more than $100 million from cryptocurrency platforms and a ton of sensitive data. The balance has shifted, 40% of the attacks are made to obtain information while 39% of attackers were launched for financial gain.

The information represents the top “currency” on the dark web, with a reported 59% of it being users credentials. Using this credentials hackers can access a variety of sites and services, including banks.
The list of stolen data is made, primarily, from personal data (30%), account credentials (22%), credit and debit card information (15%)
Targeted attacks against companies represent 54% of the total Q2 attacks, 15% of the attacks are pointed to government and the other 31% on infrastructure.

We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.