Malware Report Reveals Ransomware Detections Increased More Than 90%[source: malwarebytes]

Report reveals significant changes in cybercriminal methodology, including:

  • Ransomware was the tool of choice for cybercriminals in 2017 and ransomware attacks increased up to 10 times
  • 2017 saw a massive increase in the malicious use of cryptominers with Malwarebytes blocking an average of 8 million drive-by mining attempts per day
  • Cybercriminals increased their usage of banking Trojans and hijackers to steal data from businesses


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – January 25, 2018 – Malwarebytes™, the leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution, today released a security research report analyzing the top malware threats for 2017. The findings, presented in the Malwarebytes Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques: 2017 State of Malware Report, illustrate a significant shift in attack methodology, a distinct evolution in the predominant attack tools and a distinct divergence in the types of attacks against businesses from attacks against consumers. The report illustrates sharp increases in malware-based cybercrime, including ransomware, banking Trojans, spyware, adware, cryptocurrency miners and others were detected across all victims.

Key findings from the 2017 report include:

  • Ransomware was the tool of choice for cybercriminals in 2017
    • Ransomware against consumers went up more than 93 percent while ransomware against businesses increased 90 percent.
    • The monthly rate of ransomware attacks increased up to 10 times the rate of 2016, with September 2017 having the largest volume of ransomware attacks against businesses ever documented.
    • Between July 2017 and September 2017, there was a 700 percent increase in ransomware, according to Malwarebytes’ telemetry, with two families making up most of that statistic:
      • GlobeImposter increased 341 percent from July 2017 to August 2017
      • WannaCry surged 375 percent from August 2017 to September 2017

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