Cyber Threat Report: SonicWall 2019 Mid-Year Report

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Cyber Threat Report: SonicWall 2019 Mid-Year Report

SonicWall has announced the findings from its mid-year update of the 2019 “Cyber Threat Report”, based on data from more than 1 million international security sensors in over 200 countries. New data found an escalation in ransomware-as-a-service, open-source malware kits and cryptojacking used by cybercriminals.

“Organizations continue to struggle to track the evolving patterns of cyberattacks — the shift to malware cocktails and evolving threat vectors — which makes it extremely difficult for them to defend themselves,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “In the first half of 2019, SonicWall Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) technology unveiled 74,360 ‘never-before-seen’ malware variants. To be effective, companies must harness innovative technology, such as machine learning, to be proactive against constantly-changing attack strategies.”
While global malware volume is down 20%, threat researchers found a 15% increase in ransomware attacks globally and a 195% surge in ransomware within the United Kingdom. The researchers accredit this to criminals’ new preference of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) and open-source malware kits.
While businesses and consumers continue to connect devices to the internet without taking good care of security measures, IoT devices have been increasingly leveraged by cybercriminals to dispense malware payloads. In the first half of 2019, SonicWall observed a 55% increase in IoT attacks. This number outpaces the first two quarters of the previous year.
Cryptojacking increased by 9% in the first half of this year compared to the last six months of 2018. This rise can be partially attributed to the rise in bitcoin and Monero prices, helping cryptojacking stay relevant as a lucrative option for cyber criminals. Cybercriminals now focus on non-standard ports for web traffic to deliver their payloads undetected. Based on a sample size of more than 210 million malware attacks recorded through June 2019, Capture Labs monitored the largest spike on record since tracking the vector when one quarter of malware attacks came across non-standard ports in May 2019 alone.

Cyber Threat Report: Details

Traditional PDFs and Office files are still routinely leveraged to exploit users’ trust and experience to deliver malicious payloads. In February and March 2019, threat researchers found that 51% and 47% of ‘never-before-seen’ attacks, respectively, came via PDFs or Office files.
You may download the complete report. You can also visit the SonicWall Security Center to see latest attack trends, types and volume across the world.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: SonciWall

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