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IT threat evolution Q1 2017. Statistics

According to KSN data, Kaspersky Lab solutions detected and repelled 479,528,279 malicious attacks from online resources located in 190 countries all over the world.

File antivirus detected a total of 174,989,956 unique malicious and potentially unwanted objects.

IT threat evolution Q1 2017

Wersquo;ve become accustomed to seeing a steady stream of security breaches month after month; and this quarter has been no exception, including attacks on Barts Health Trust, Sports Direct, Intercontinental Hotels Group and ABTA.

Ztorg: money for infecting your smartphone

This research started when we discovered an infected Pokeacute;mon GO guide in Google Play. We detected the malware as Trojan.AndroidOS.Ztorg.ad.

After some searching, I found some other similar infected apps that were being distributed from the Google Play Store.

After I started tracking these infected apps, two things struck me – how rapidly they became popular and the comments in the user review sections.

8 Notorious Russian Hackers Arrested in the Past 8 Years

Lesson learned by Russian cybercriminals: Don't go on vacation, it's bad for your freedom to scam.

DDOS attacks in Q1 2017

Although the first quarter of 2017 was rather quiet compared to the previous reporting period, there were a few interesting developments.

Despite the growing popularity of IoT botnets, Windows-based bots accounted for 59.81% of all attacks. Meanwhile, complex attacks that can only be repelled with sophisticated protection mechanisms are becoming more frequent.

How do ransomware scum decide what to charge you? The Big...

Yep, Fatboy slim-e are reading The Economist Cybercriminals have put together a strain of ransomware that changes the cost of the extortionate demands depending on the victim’s location, threat intelligence firm Recorded Future reports.…

NIST to security admins: You’ve made passwords too hard

Despite the fact that cybercriminals stole more than 3 billion user credentials in 2016, users don't seem to be getting savvier about their password usage.

The good news is that how we think about password security is changing as other authentication methods become more popular.Password security remains a Hydra-esque challenge for enterprises. Require users to change their passwords frequently, and they wind up selecting easy-to-remember passwords.

Force users to use numbers and special characters to select a strong password and they come back with  passwords like Pa$$w0rd.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Midsize Businesses Prove Easy Attack Targets

Basic security practices could protect small- to midsized businesses from cybercriminals looking for low-risk, high-reward targets.

Why malware is still the beating heart of cybercrime

Even the most basic form of malware allows cybercriminals to get closer to their goals.

Can Google win its battle with Android malware?

Cybercriminals are sneaking malicious apps into Google's official app store.

Can they be stopped?

Spam and phishing in Q1 2017

Although the beginning of Q1 2017 was marked by a decline in the amount of spam in overall global email traffic, in March the situation became more stable, and the average share of spam for the quarter amounted to 55.9%.

The US (18.75%) remained the biggest source of spam, followed by Vietnam (7.86%) and China (7.77%).

Financial Services Sector the #1 Target of Cybercriminals

New IBM report finds the most frequently targeted industry in 2016 was financial services - where attacks increased 29% year-over-year.