Ransomware is rampant, growing by more than 400% in 2020
A report published by the cybersecurity company Deep Instinct pointed out that in 2020, the overall increase in malware and ransomware increased by 358% compared with 2019.
The report analyzed millions of attacks that occurred throughout the year and found that the spread of Emotet malware has increased by 4000%, and the threat of malware attacking Android phones has increased by 263%.
The report also pointed out that malicious activities increased the most in July, an increase of 653% compared to the previous year. Among them, Microsoft Office documents are the most manipulated document attack vector, and these attacks have increased by 112%.
Guy Caspi, co-founder, and CEO of Deep Instinct said that the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the company’s shift to online business, and the sudden shift to the work-from-home model has also expanded the organization’s attack surface. Therefore, it is not surprising that security teams have difficulty keeping up with the impact of various types of attacks. What’s more, the problem is not limited to the number of attacks. Research shows that the complexity of attacks has grown along with advanced evasion strategies, making detection more difficult.