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Sophoslabs Threat Report 2019

Sophoslabs Threat Report 2019

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SUMMARY

This report on cyberattacks and cybersecurity reports that there is a small but increasing number of criminals forced to resort to a series of manual hacking strategies to maintain their disgraceful income flows. 

The negative part is that it’s much harder to stop these threats using conventional tools. However, the good news is there are fewer cybercriminals good enough to carry them out.

According to this report, there is an increasing threat of highly targeted attacks. This means that one or more cybercriminals manually break into a company computer, and launch malware on networks of devices at the same time. The paper also explains that cyberattackers wait for the right moment to attack. That could be for instance late at night on Friday of a holiday weekend.

High profile malware attacks on platforms such as OSX, Linux, and Android are not a rarity, but the quantity of malware that is targeted to run exclusively on Windows PCs still dominates the figure of samples SophosLabs processes on any day, the research says.

At the same time, malware that runs on the Windows operating system largely outnumbers malware designed for any other platform. However, the report also explains that users of mobile devices are increasingly the target of malicious activity pushing malware apps to their mobiles, tablets, or similar devices. 

Besides, the adoption at home and businesses of internet-connected devices grows, cybercriminals have been exploring new ways to attack those devices to use as nodes in huge botnets. 

 

 

 

OUTLINE

Victories against cybercrime demand radical change to defense 

Joe Levy, Sophos CTO

Targeted attacks gain popularity, reap deep rewards 

What’s old is new again

Transitioning to manual attack mode

SamSam ransom payments - Total: $6.5 million USD

Targeted Ransomware vs. RaaS Playbook 

Attacker techniques evolve to use what’s already there 

“Living off the land” is the new law of the land

How “LoL” changes malware detection and prevention

The growth explosion of Of ce exploits

Risky letypes 

Lateral movement: almost blue

We’ve lost a few battles, but we’re winning the war 

Chester Wisniewski, Principal Research Scientist

Mobile and IoT: Malware is not slowing down 

The growing and persistent threat of mobile malware Android: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Unusual malicious campaigns affecting the Android platform

Attacks against the internet of things

Conclusions 

Ransomware isn’t going away

Malicious spam a primary vector of malware Practice the fundamentals

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Title
Sophoslabs Threat Report 2019
Region
Global
Published
Nov. 14, 2018
Publisher
Sophos
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
20
Number of Tables
10
Number of Exhibits
5
Topics
security
Tags
cyber security, global, malware, mobile security, ransomware, security, software security, Sophos, web attacks
Companies mentioned
Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr
Methodology
Not available.
EVALUATION

An interesting report by Sophos on cybercriminals and cybersecurity.

Positives:

  • Interesting findings about the new type of cyber criminals and how they operate
  • Illustrative examples 
  • Great graphics

 

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