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.
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
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
Ransomware isn’t going away
Malicious spam a primary vector of malware Practice the fundamentals
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Sophoslabs Threat Report 2019
Nov. 14, 2018
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An interesting report by Sophos on cybercriminals and cybersecurity.
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