Symantec ISTR 20 : Digital extortion on the rise

Symantec recently published the Internet Security Threat Report volume 20.

Key trends:
  • Digital extortion (Ransomware) on the rise: 113 percent increase in ransomware attacks in 2014
  • Cyberattackers are leap-frogging defenses in ways companies lack insight to anticipate.
    i.e Dragonfly attackers ran three different types of attacks at the same time
  • Spear-Phishing is increasingly focusing on large enterprises
  • Zero-day vulnerabilities (still) at all time high
  • Malware types increases - in 2014 28% of malware was “virtual machine aware”
  • Many victims were exposed to security attacked rooted from social media.
  • IoT and mobile expose renewed opportunities for attackers