McAfee Threats Report: December 2018
This quarter, we’re excited to introduce several new threats statistics that represent some of the growing trends in attacks, like IoT malware. We also take a look into how the takedowns of key dark web markets continue to impact how cybercriminals are doing business today and what the hot topics are in several underground hacker forums.
Our latest research includes:
- Market takedowns cause ripple effect on the dark web: Sellers are moving away from larger exchanges to open their own specific marketplaces. Some are also leaving Tor for new communication platforms, such as Telegram.
- The shift to cryptomining continues to surge: Total coin miner malware jumped 71% with more than 3.8 million new samples, including new malware families targeting macOS.
- IoT is a growing malware target: We have added new charts this quarter looking at IoT malware, which was up 72.5% in Q3 and more than 200% in the past year.
This edition covers news and statistics gathered by McAfee Labs in the first quarter of 2018. Highlights include how attackers are employing new tactics, updates on the latest threat campaigns (Operation GhostSecret and Lazarus), a surge in coin miner malware, and a rise in multisector attacks.
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