After the shuttering of Coinhive, the volume of cryptojacking hits dropped 78% during the second half of 2019. As published in the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, the shuttering of the latter led to the virtual disappearance of one 2019’s hottest malware.
Published in the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, global malware reached 9.9 billion in 2019 — a 6% dip to the record-breaking 10.52 billion recorded in 2018. Cyberattacks were more targeted with higher degrees of success.
Published in the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, global ransomware reached 187.9 million in 2019. Ransomware is being used to surgically target victims that are more likely to pay given the sensitive data they possess or funds at their disposal (or both).
As published in the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, fileless malware volume peaked in the third quarter, with more than 570,000 attacks recorded by SonicWall in September 2019 alone. Fileless malware exists exclusively as a memory-based artifact and does not write any part of its malicious activity to the computer's hard drive, making it very resistant to forensic strategies.
Savvy cybercriminals continue to use TLS/SSL encryption to mask their attacks from inspection by traditional security controls. As published in the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, there was a 27% year-over-year increase of malware sent over TLS/SSL traffic in 2019.
As published in the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, SonicWall discovered a 5% increase in IoT malware, with total volume reaching 34.3 million attacks in 2019. With a deluge of new IoT devices connecting each day, increases in IoT malware attacks should be expected.
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Published in the mid-year update to the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, global ransomware volume was up 15% year to date over 2018. Download this exclusive infographic to see which countries were most targeted by ransomware in the first half of 2019.
Published in the mid-year update to the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, global malware volume dropped 20% in the first half of 2019. Download this exclusive infographic to explore and share how malware trends shifted to start the year.