Fileless Malware Explained [Infographic]

Intel Security’s latest McAfee Labs Threats Report has unveiled a new breed of “fileless” malware that are much more difficult to detect. This infographic explains what you need to know, along with the other big malware threats of 2015.

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Between January and October, McAfee Labs captured 74,471 samples of fileless attacks in the wild. The newest fileless malware reduces or eliminates the storage of binaries on disk. This enables them to conduct stealth attacks and evade detection.

“The third quarter of 2015 has seen the development of some new and sophisticated malware and attack techniques,” explained Intel Security’s APAC chief technology and strategy officer, Mike Sentonas.

“These developments highlight the growing importance for organisations to expand their knowledge of cyber threats including fileless malware. This research is also an important reminder for organisations to never neglect effective security procedures, such as best practices for secure app coding, and for consumers to be very careful when downloading mobile apps onto their phone.”

Other threats causing cyber headaches in 2015 include a rise in mobile banking Trojans and the return of Macro malware, which employ common social engineering techniques to ensnare victims in the enterprise. Over the past year, the total number of mobile malware samples grew 81 per cent.

You can check out the rest of McAfee Labs’ findings in the infographic below.

McAfee Labs Threats Report November 2015 [McAfee]

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