Mac malware threats rose more than 60% in the first quarter of 2019

Mac malware threats

According to a new report from Malwarebytes, malware threats against Mac users have grown dramatically in just three months. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, the number of malware threats detected in the first quarter of this year increased by more than 60%. At the same time, the increase in adware has exceeded 200%.

In the new season’s Cybercrime Strategy and Technology Report, Malwarebytes pointed out that the number of threats against consumers is declining, and the number of malware-based encryption and ransomware is also significantly reduced in the previous quarter, and the overall malware detection volume is also declining. However, cybercriminals did not stop here but instead moved to attacks on infrastructure and business users. Obviously, in their eyes, these big goals are much more profitable than an individual user.

Below is some highlight from Malwarebytes reports:

  • Overall threats against businesses have increased more than 200 percent year over year, while consumer detections declined by nearly 40 percent from the previous quarter.
  • Detections of Emotet against businesses have risen by more than 200 percent from Q4 2018.
  • Ransomware is back and targeting organizations with an increase of 195 percent in detections quarter over quarter.
  • Mac and mobile malware increased quarter over quarter by more than 60 percent, with adware in particular seeing a sharp increase.
  • A new section on privacy highlights user concerns about the safety of their personal information, and demonstrates how businesses are failing at protecting their customers’—and their own—data