2017 State of Malware

In 2016, we finally saw the headlines catch up with the hype. Cyberattacks and cybersecurity, or a lack thereof, grabbed media attention on both the corporate and consumer sides, even becoming a key issue in the US presidential election. In this respect, you could say that everyone, even those who have never logged on, was affected by cyberattacks and hacking in 2016.

Key takeaways include:

  • Ransomware grabbed headlines and became the favorite attack methodology used against businesses
  • Ad fraud malware, led by Kovter malware, exceeded ransomware detections at times and poses a substantial threat to consumers and businesses
  • Botnets infected and recruited Internet of Things (IoT) devices to launch massive DDoS attacks

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