Kaspersky: Multifunctional Malware On the Rise


… decreased from about 19 percent in the second half of 2017 to just more than 12 percent in the first half of 2018. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) bots, yet another typical single-purpose malware, also dropped, from nearly 3 percent in the second half of 2017 to about 2 percent in first half of 2018.

“We recommend installing updates to software that is used in the organizations,” Eremin said. “Vulnerabilities in software may be used by criminals to install botnet malware on the targeted PC. Also, install and use a reliable protection solution, especially when surfing the web.”

Also this week, Trend Micro released its Midyear Security Roundup 2018, revealing that cybercriminals are moving away from attention-grabbing ransomware attacks to more covert methods intended to steal money and valuable computing resources.

Cryptojacking attempts are making the biggest impact so far this year. Trend Micro recorded a 96 percent increase in cryptocurrency mining detections in the first half of 2018 compared to all of 2017, and a 956 percent increase in detections versus the first half of 2017. This indicates cybercriminals are shifting away from the quick payout of ransomware in favor of the slower, behind-the-scenes approach of stealing computing power to mine digital currency.

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