Malwarebytes’ 2020 State of Malware Report

  • By Emily French
  • in
  • on February 13, 2020

It was the last year of the 2010s, and cybercriminals let the world know they meant business.

From an increase in enterprise-focused threats to diversification of sophisticated hacking, evasion, and stealth techniques to aggressive adware aimed at Androids, the 2019 threat landscape was shaped by a cybercrime industry that was all grown up.

While Malwarebytes observed a relative plateau in the overall volume of threat detections in 2019, our telemetry showed a clear trend toward industrialization. Global Windows malware detections on business endpoints increased by 13 percent, and a bifurcation of attack techniques split threat categories neatly between those targeting consumers and those affecting organizations’ networks. The Trojan-turned-botnets Emotet and TrickBot made a return in 2019 to terrorize organizations alongside new ransomware families, such as Ryuk, Sodinokibi, and Phobos. In addition, a flood of hack tools and registry key disablers made a splashy debut in our top detections, a reflection of the greater sophistication used by today’s business-focused attackers. Meanwhile, the 2019 mobile threat landscape fared no better.

While Malwarebytes launched a massive drive to combat stalkerware—apps that enable users to monitor their partners’ every digital move—which led to an increase in our detections, other nefarious threats lingered on the horizon, with increases in their detections not being helped along by our own research efforts. We observed a rise in pre-installed malware and adware on the devices of our Android customers, with the goal to either steal data or steal attention.

In fact, adware reigned supreme for consumers and businesses on Windows, Mac, and Android devices, pulling ever more aggressive techniques for serving up advertisements, hijacking browsers, redirecting web traffic, and proving stubbornly difficult to uninstall. And for the first time ever, Macs outpaced Windows PCs in number of threats detected per endpoint. Even exploits, malvertising, and web skimmers had a banner year. Outside of cryptominers and leftover WannaCry infections, it seemed there were few cybercrime tactics being outright abandoned or on the decline. With an increase in impact and reach, then, came an increase in public awareness and scrutiny. And in no area was this more apparent than data privacy. On the heels of the Global Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and several public social media failures, a tsunami of data privacy legislation, proposals, fines, controversies, and public policies came forward in 2019.

After a decade marked by seemingly hundreds of high-profile data breaches, the fallout from all that personally identifiable information (PII) floating around on the dark web finally arrived.

Go here for free access to the full report!

Leave a Reply

PUBLISHED BY Emily French

View all posts by Emily French

Related Posts

Technology

Bill Murphy Keynotes Upcoming Data and Technology Virtual Assembly!

It’s almost time for our Digital Enterprise CIO and Data Transformation Virtual Assembly, and we have some very exciting news to share. Bill Murphy, Former Senior Managing Director and CTO at Blackstone, is set to kick off the event as our Featured Keynote Speaker! Bill Murphy is a true technology expert who led Blackstone’s Innovations […]

Marketing , Retail , Technology

You’ve Uncovered the Weak Spots in Your Omnichannel Approach: Now What?

The COVD-19 crisis fundamentally changed the ways companies interact with their customers. Over a very short period of time, the traditional channels organizations used to communicate and transact with customers before the pandemic evaporated or changed dramatically. Any channels that relied on direct face-to-face interactions became at least temporarily unavailable. From in-store shopping to in-home […]

Marketing

Denise Lee Yohn Asks, “Who Owns Culture?”

As originally published by Denise Lee Yohn on Linkedin. A couple of people have recently posed to me the question, “Who owns culture in an organization?” On the one hand, it seems that everyone owns the culture – meaning, everyone plays a role in manifesting it. But on the other hand, the adage “if everyone is […]

Digital

Digital Workplace Transformation: Understanding and Improving Employee Experience

If you’re responsible for creating a digital workplace experience that supports the long-term success of both the business and the workforce, then you deserve a medal – that’s no easy task. To help take a little of the stress and uncertainty off your plate, Workgrid has put together a guide that details: The digital workplace challenges companies […]

Lovin’ Digital Diary?

Premium content to our readers interested in all things business.

Check Us Out!

Millennium Membership offers Fortune 1000 C-Level executives, leading public sector/government officials, and thought leaders across a variety of disciplines unique and exclusive opportunities to meet their peers, understand industry developments, and receive introductions to new technology and service advancements to help grow their career and overall company value.

About Millenium Alliance Next

About Digital Diary

Created to provide premium content to our readers interested in all things business.

Launched in 2017, Digital Diary was created to provide premium content to our readers interested in all things business. With our blogs catered to deliver the top news stories, trends, and interviews from across all industries.

Read all story Next

Interested in Millennium Membership?
Find out if you qualify here.

arrow