There may be a ‘lull’ in cybercrime activity at the moment according to Malwarebytes Labs researchers, but it doesn’t mean anyone should breathe a sigh of relief just yet.
Malwarebytes Labs Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques report covers insights and statistics from April to June 2018. The crime lull may be a continuation of Q1’s drop, but cryptominers, ransomware, and exploits have opted for ‘quality, not quantity’.
Globally, spyware dropped 40% between Q1 and Q2, but backdoors rapidly increased by 442% against consumers.
Meanwhile the VPNFilter malware demonstrated that 2018 might be the year for high-level, targeted attacks.
“Experimentation with more sophisticated forms of malware, including new ransomware families and router-based threats, shows that cybercriminals are likely getting ready to redirect their energy to other, potentially more dangerous attacks,” the report says.
Closer to home, Australian and New Zealand statistics are as follows:
Australia and New Zealand follow global trend of cryptomining cases decreasing from Q1
Sharp increase in backdoor malware in Australia, rising by 1886%
The number of adware detections have increased in both markets, reflecting a global increase of 19% over the last quarter
Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) such as spyware and dialers and Potentially Unwanted Modifications (PUMs) detection have also increased respectively
In the past 12 months Malwarebytes detected and cleaned more than 62,000 pieces of Malware from schools in Australia