McAfee Labs Threats Reports

Insights into malware, ransomware, and other cybersecurity threats from the McAfee threat research team

McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2018

Despite a 31% decline in new malware, this quarter we saw bad actors striving to do what they do better—evolving their technologies and using new tactics to outmaneuver their targets' defenses.

Our latest findings include:

  • A resurgence of cryptojacking: New coin miner malware surged 1,189% in Q1, and Lazarus rears its head again with campaigns identifying targets that use bitcoin software.
  • Operation GhostSecret: Uncovered by McAfee in March, this global reconnaissance campaign targeting multiple sectors could lead to bigger, more malicious attacks in the near future.
  • LNK gains prominence, while PowerShell recedes: New attacks targeting the exploitation of LNK capabilities jumped 59%, while new PowerShell attacks dropped significantly.
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This quarter we saw cybercriminals pivot toward newer tools and techniques, PowerShell malware grow 267%, and reported incidents in the healthcare sector rise 211%.

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This quarter saw new malware increase 10% to 57.6 million new samples, a 60% increase in new mobile malware due to Android ransomware, and 263 global incidents reported.

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This quarter, we analyze the recent WannaCry and Petya attacks, offer advice for using certain types of indicators of compromise when hunting for threats, and explore script-based malware.

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This quarter, we examine evasion techniques and how malware authors use them, explore digital steganography, and examine Fareit, a password-stealing malware that was likely used in the breach of the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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