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The end of the year is a good time to take stock of the main cyberthreat incidents that took place over the preceding 12 months or so.

To reflect on the impact these events had on organizations and individuals, and consider what they could mean for the overall evolution of the threat landscape.
ATT will use customer data to boost advertising business, court filing says.
ProPublica bought ads that excluded African-Americans, Spanish speakers, Muslims.
Block would happen in the event advertisers canrsquo;t curb malicious ads on their own.
In 2017, the main global threat to users was ransomware: and in order to recover files and data encrypted by attackers, victims were required to pay a ransom in cryptocurrency.
In the first eight months of 2017, Kaspersky Lab products protected 1.65 million users from malicious cryptocurrency miners, and by the end of the year we expect this number to exceed two million.
Remote fault diagnostics, telematics and connected infotainment significantly enhance driver safety and enjoyment, but they also present new challenges for the automotive sector as they turn vehicles into prime targets for cyberattack.

The growing risk of a vehiclersquo;s systems being infiltrated or having its safety, privacy and financial elements violated, requires manufacturers to understand and apply IT security.
According to KSN data, Kaspersky Lab solutions detected and repelled 277,646,376 malicious attacks from online resources located in 185 countries all over the world.

IT threat evolution Q3 2017

Our growing dependence on technology, connectivity and data means that businesses present a bigger attack surface than ever. Targeted attackers have become more adept at exploiting their victimsrsquo; vulnerabilities to penetrate corporate defences while ‘flying under the radarrsquo;.

Spam and phishing in Q3 2017

In terms of the average share of spam in global email traffic (58.02%), the third quarter of 2017 was almost identical to the previous reporting period: once again growth was slightly more than one percentage point – 1.05 (and 1.07 p.p. in Q2 2017).

As in previous quarters, spammers were quick to react to high-profile events and adapted their fraudulent emails to the news agenda.
No more sponsored Tweets, but Russia-funded media sites can still post "organic" Tweets.
Follows mounting congressional pressure about social media ads and disclosure.