Year 2016, we heard lots of headlines concerning cyber-attacks and other cyber-security issues. That even up to now, is still viral and is causing lots of troubles for businesses all around the world.

Reports and research coming from Malwarebytes states that business are the main targets for this particular attacks by infecting nearly 100million Windows and Android devices for over 200 countries.

The report also stated that the high prevalence of Android malware detections in developing countries can be attributed to the extensive use of relatively unsecured third-party app stores in those countries.

Traditional malwares such as banking trojans, spyware and keyloggers were used to infect the targets. Now, ransomware made it a seamless and automated process. Script kiddies (hackers with little or no coding skills) can even buy turnkey ransomware kits known as “Ransomware as a Service” (RaaS) that take all the hassle out of digital thievery. In the fourth quarter of 2016 alone, Malwarebytes cataloged nearly 400 variants of ransomware, the majority of which were created simply by a new criminal group trying to get a piece of the pie.

This trend is actually not new. However, if we try to look at the difference of the distribution growth of the ransomware from two years ago, the rate increased and it rose on top of the cybercrime market.

Here are the top 10 countries that is more affected regarding the malware detections:

  • United States
  • Brazil
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Spain
  • Philippines
  • France
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy

For the complete details, you may click here to download the entire report.

Malwarebytes is the next-gen cybersecurity company that millions worldwide trust. Malwarebytes proactively protects people and businesses against dangerous threats such as malware, ransomware, and exploits that escape detection by traditional antivirus solutions. The company’s flagship product combines advanced heuristic threat detection with signature-less technologies to detect and stop a cyberattack before damage occurs. More than 10,000 businesses worldwide use, trust, and recommend Malwarebytes. Founded in 2008, the company is headquartered in California, with offices in Europe and Asia, and a global team of threat researchers and security experts.

(Source: Malwarebytes, YugaTech)

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