McAfee Labs Report Reveals Continuing Surge of COVID-19 Threats and Malware

By on Nov 05, 2020

The McAfee Advanced Threat Research team today published the McAfee Labs Threats Report: November 2020.

In this edition, we follow our preceding McAfee Labs COVID-19 Threats Report with more research and data designed to help you better protect your enterprise’s productivity and viability during challenging times.

What a year so far! The first quarter of 2020 included a rush of malicious actors leveraging COVID-19, and the trend only increased in the second quarter. For example, McAfee’s global network of more than a billion sensors registered a 605% increase in total Q2 COVID-19-themed threat detections. It’s an example of updated pandemic-related threats you can track on our McAfee COVID-19 Threats Dashboard.

This edition of our threat report also looks at other notable Q2 20 malware increases including:

  • Attacks on cloud services users reached nearly 7.5 million
  • New malware samples grew 11.5%, averaging 419 new threats per minute
  • PowerShell malware surged 117%

To help ensure your data and systems remain secure, we have also made available the MVISION Insights preview dashboard to demonstrate the prevalence of such current campaigns. This dashboard also provides access to the Yara rules, IoCs, and mapping of such campaigns against the MITRE ATT&CK Framework. We update these campaigns on a weekly basis so, in essence, this threat report has an accompanying dashboard with more detail on specific campaigns.

I certainly hope that you see the value not only in the data presented within the threats report, but also with the dashboards. Your feedback is important to us.

Stay safe.


McAfee Labs Quarterly Threat Report – November 2020

What a year so far! We exited the first quarter of 2020 battling the rush of malicious actors leveraging COVID-19, and in the second quarter there are no signs that these attacks seem to be abating.

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Raj Samani

Raj Samani is Chief Scientist and Fellow for the Enterprise business. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. Samani has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of ...

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