Check Point’s Half-Yearly Report Points To Escalating Threat Enviornment

Check Point’s new Check Point Research platform has been launched alongside the release of its Cyber Attack Trends: Mid-Year Report. The report is an overview of the malware landscape in the categories of ransomware, banking and mobile threats.

The research found 23.5% of organisations were impacted by the RoughTed malvertising campaign, and that 19.7% of organisations were impacted by the Fireball malware in the first half of this year.

Ransomware attacks in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) were nearly double that detected in the same timeframe last year.

Some of the other report highlights were

  • Mutation of adware: The Fireball malware has led to a major change in the approach to stop adware, especially adware owned by massive, seemingly-legitimate organisations. In parallel, mobile adware botnets also continue to expand and dominate the mobile malware arena.
  • Nation-state cyber weapons: The leak and consequent availability of key nation-state hacking tools, zero-day vulnerabilities, exploits and attack methods now enables any potential hacker to carry out sophisticated attacks.
  • A new wave of mobile bankers: The perpetrators combined open-sourced banking malware code with complex obfuscation techniques to successfully and repeatedly bypass protections, making it difficult to detect.
  • Ransomware Surge: The percentage of ransomware attacks in all three regions, Americas, EMEA and APAC, almost doubled in the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016—from an average of 26% to an average of 48% of the three main attack categories worldwide

You can access the full report here.

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