Ransomware has become the most popular form of malware used in cyber-attacks, suggests a study.
Almost 40% of all successful malware-based attacks involved ransomware suggests the annual Verizon data breach investigations report.
The types of systems compromised were changing too, it found, with criminals trying to hit databases not just PCs.
Ransomware Dominates Verizon DBIR
Ransomware has become the most prevalent malicious software as hackers cash in on locking up expensive business critical systems and demanding a ransom, researchers warn.
Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), released Tuesday, said that ransomware attacks have doubled over the past year, and are now the top variety of malware found.
What went wrong? An exploration in trends and data.
Within the 53,000+ incidents and 2,200-odd breaches you’ll find real takeaways on what not to do, or at the very least, what to watch for.
At first glance, identifying 53K+ incidents in only 12 months suggests an information security dystopia, an uneven playing field where the bad guys consistently win out. And, the 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) is full of nefarious events by offenders both known and unknown.
However, that same catalog of unscrupulous activities offers security pros a first-hand view into current cybercrime trends, and a map towards developing a prosperous and mature security program.
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