Tuesday, February 20, 2018
News

Over 25,000 ransomware infected Windows daily in Q3: Report

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Pune | Thursday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
 
Over 25,000 ransomware infections were reported daily on Windows in the third quarter this year while malware detection count stood at over 199 million -- a drop of 11 per cent in comparison to the second quarter, a new report has said.

The "Quarterly Threat Report" from IT security solutions provider Quick Heal Security Labs detected over two million Android infections -- a rise of 40 per cent from the previous quarter.

The researchers warned that newer and advanced variants of "Locky" ransomware families are expected to rise with attackers increasingly using ransomware-as-a-service due to its user-friendliness and high return on investments.

"Our threat reports are an attempt to provide insights on the threat landscape with the objective of facilitating a safe and secure digital journey of our customers," Sanjay Katkar, Joint Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, Quick Heal, said on Thursday.

In the third quarter, malware detections continued to decline compared to the last quarter.

"However, this should not be taken lightly by any means as cyber criminals are increasingly working on attacks that have higher returns through ransomware campaigns and well-planned systematic targeted attacks," Katkar added.

The report also predicted an upsurge in targeted attacks where invaders work with the motive of keeping their identity hidden while stealing as much data as possible which goes unnoticed for several months and sometimes even for years.

According to the report, nine new families of ransomware emerged on Windows in the third quarter.

Trojans continued to lead with the highest detection count, followed by infectors, worms and adware.

"Email attachments will be used largely to deliver malware to targeted users. These emails might use new file types for their attachments to avoid detection by security software," the report noted.

Malware authors can access a user's device to gain almost anything they want by misusing critical vulnerabilities that are unpatched, it added.

--IANS na/bg

( 323 Words)

2017-12-07-15:02:07 (IANS)

Watch News Videos

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Smart Cities Mission a starter to India'...
SC to hear on bank top brass' role in PN...
CBI continues raids in Rotomac case...
BIAL partners with Ace Turtle to digitis...
Microsoft ends push notifications for Wi...
Oxigen Services launches paperless expen...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
BJP questions proximity between Amit Mit...
DSK Group investors in Pune worried abou...
Romantic movie 'Chalte Chalte' on DD Nat...
Eugene 2021 organiser put on leave as U....
Fans flood pitch with tennis balls in Bu...
India test fires Agni II missile off Odi...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Fitch places PNB on 'Rating Watch N... 
I always look beyond the frame: Cin... 
Digital economy cannot be forced on... 
Shah Rukh Khan is Sophia's favourit... 
'Welcome To New York' team yet to t... 
PNB fraud: CBI continues questionin... 
Rajasthan mulls death penalty for c... 
Oxigen Services launches paperless ...