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2019 Webroot Threat Report

2019 Webroot Threat Report

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SUMMARY

This report on cyber security reveals that 2017 saw that more than 90% of malware and 95% of potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) were polymorphic, and this trend has also been prevalent throughout 2018.

According to the paper, among the reasons why new malware and PUA decreased in 2018 is directly linked to the operating systems. The shift to Windows 10 helps to explain that downwards trend as the system's antivirus is always on and for that reason is considered safer. The document explains that devices with Windows 10 installed on them are at least twice as secure as those with Windows 7.

This cyberse curity research shows that more than 90% of malware was just seen on a single PC, and of the devices that were infected, more than 50% were infected more than once over the year. The report indicates that repeat infections have on many ocassions behavior-based causes. For instance, users that access torrent sites for game cheats or activation keys must be aware that these are nearly 100% of the time infected. Installing untrustworthy applications also contributes to repeat infections.

Regarding the malicious IP addresses that were detected 2018, more than 80% were classified as malicious because of spam. Other than that, another common activity seen in connection to malicious IPs was open proxies at 9%, followed by botnets at 4.3%. The report also found that the majority of bad IPs came from just a few locations. China, the U.S., and Vietnam lead this ranking. 

The report also showed that around 3% of the total of millions of unique URLs were considered as high risk. Again, only around 10 countries hosted the majority of them.

Besides, 2018 saw a 36% increase in the number of phishing attacks compared to 2017. In that respect, the paper explains than a relevant aspect to stop the increase of phishing attacks lies in security awareness training, while the key is the consistency and pace at which training is given.

OUTLINE

Webroot Perspective

Polymorphic Malware and PUAs

Malicious IP Addresses

High-Risk URLs

Phishing Attacks and URL

Malicious Mobile Apps

Summary and Predicitions for 2019

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Title
2019 Webroot Threat Report
Region
Global
Published
Feb. 28, 2019
Publisher
Webroot
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
24
Number of Tables
6
Number of Exhibits
6
Topics
security
Tags
global, malware, mobile security, security, software security, Webroot
Companies mentioned
Netflix, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, Paypal, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas
Methodology
The Webroot Platform integrates large amounts of data that is automatically captured. The statistics, trends, and insights in this report are based on the analysis and interpretation of these billions of data points.
EVALUATION

An interesting report about cyber sercurity based on the analysis of vast amount of data automatically captured.

Positives:

  • Great findinds
  • Well-structured
  • Understandable language

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