McAfee Labs reports a surge in ransomware of 165 percent

Jun 9, 2015 - SANTA CLARA, Calif. / SINGAPORE

Intel® Security released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: May 2015 which includes revelations on ransomware, HDD and SSD firmware attacks by the Equation Group computer espionage group and increased malware targeting Adobe Flash multimedia software.

Here are the highlights:

1) New ransomware surges 165 percent in Q1 2015 largely due to proliferation of the CTB-Locker family and its “affiliate” program, a new ransomware family called Teslacrypt, and new versions of CryptoWall, TorrentLocker and BandarChor.

2) New Adobe Flash malware grows 317 percent as attackers shift focus from Java archive and Microsoft Silverlight vulnerabilities to exploit un-patched Adobe Flash vulnerabilities

3) Adobe Security Team provides patches to all 42 new Adobe Flash vulnerabilities on the same day they are submitted to the National Vulnerability Database.

4) New details about Equation Group firmware attacks using hard diskdrive (HDD) and solid state drive (SSD) reprogramming technologies

5) APAC: Global number of new mobile malware samples jumped by 49% from Q4 2014 to Q1 2015. In global comparison, Asia shows the second highest regional mobile malware infection rates with almost one in ten devices being infected.

6) Singapore hosts 167 phishing domains, which is far less than the leading countries Germany (1,320) and the US (13,345) that together accounts for more than three-quarters of the global phishing domains. Also, the number of 193 Singaporean spam domains is only a fraction of the spam domains hosted for in the US (19,867).