Cybercriminals continue to develop sophisticated tactics for exploiting victims, according to a new report from McAfee Labs. An average of 480 new threats per minute appeared in Q3 2018, with new malware samples rising by 53%, the report found.
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While no longer the new attack on the block, ransomware attacks continue to wreak havoc on businesses, the report found. GandCrab, one of the most active ransomware families in Q3, increase its required ransom payment from $1,000 to $2,400, according to the report, as exploit kits added support for vulnerabilities and ransomware. New ransomware samples grew 10% in Q3, while total ransomware samples grew 45% in the past year.
Malware led the pack in terms of disclosed attack vectors, the report found, followed by account hijacking, leaks, unauthorized access, and vulnerabilities.
"Cybercriminals are eager to weaponize vulnerabilities both new and old, and the number of services now available on underground markets has dramatically increased their effectiveness," Christiaan Beek, lead scientist at McAfee, said in a press release. "As long as ransoms are paid and relatively easy attacks, such as phishing campaigns, are successful, bad actors will continue to use these techniques."
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The big takeaways for tech leaders:
- An average of 480 new cyberthreats per minute appeared in Q3 2018. — McAfee Labs, 2018
- New malware targeting IoT devices grew 72% in Q3, and 203% in the last year overall. — McAfee Labs, 2018
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- Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies (ZDNet)
- The best password managers of 2018 (CNET)
- Cybersecurity and cyberwar: More must-read coverage (TechRepublic on Flipboard)
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Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.