Cofense Statement Discloses Latest Malware Distribution and Attack Tendencies

The 2018 Malware Analysis from anti-phishing solution supplier and safety consciousness Cofense (Previously PhishMe) looks at malware tendencies during the previous 12 months and makes forecasts concerning attack trends and malware delivery in 2018.

The 2018 Cofense Malware Analysis, named A Look Backward and a Look Ahead, was composed after evaluating millions of spam and phishing emails collected from several sources throughout the previous year. The statement has a strong concentration on phishing and other electronic mail attacks – The main attack technique used by danger actors to access enterprise and SMB systems. Cofense also investigated the malware being used by cyberpunks and how the malevolent code has advanced during the previous 12 months.

The study emphasizes just how compliant hackers are and the swiftness at which they change processes to take benefit of new breaches, including altering malware variations to gain from new weaknesses.

This was clearly proved from the shift to the use of cryptocurrency miners when the value of cryptocurrencies rose in 2017. Besides loading the malevolent coin-mining code onto undermined internet sites, there was a noticeable surge in the cryptocurrency mining malevolent program being sent through spam electronic mail. The malevolent program malware changes computers into cryptocurrency mining slaves, substantially decelerating computers and causing main losses in production.

For its statement, Cofense examined over 600 campaigns involving Microsoft Office as well as records that Office Macro scripting was the prominent attack kind, whereas Microsoft Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) was recognized in over 100 of the 600 promotions.

During 2017 illegal computer software attacks escalated, with Locky and Cerber the two most generally used illegal computer software families (without screen lockers). Nevertheless, in 2017 many new ransomware families were found that were mainly being distributed through phishing electronic mails. Cofense notices that five of the top ten ransomware variations in 2017 were completely new.

Cofense expects that 2018 will see a continuous growth in the use of ransomware, with a growth in the number of danger actors utilizing the file-encrypting program. There is also expected to be more variation in the kinds of cryptocurrencies utilized by cybercriminals for sums. Cofense also expects that as more companies shift to the cloud it will become the main attack surface.

It’s vital for businesses to keep up-to-date with the existing attack tendencies to make sure they can customize their fortifications to obstruct new attacks. Companies also require teaching their workers how to identify new dangers.

Aaron Higbee, Co-Founder, and CTO at Cofense said, “As delivery techniques develop daily and malware inventions quicken, timely attack information is crucial and should extend across companies. This is the time for every inbox to be a radar and every worker to be a safety evangelist that can activate organization-wide safety arrangement to stop the attack kill sequence at delivery.”