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In six months 9.2 million malware attacks in Australia

Australia constantly being targeted of malware, with 9.3 million malware recognitions in the first half of 2019 – with nasty URLs also demonstrating a popular form of attack, as the number of times a malicious URL was regained touched 8.9 million, according to a new global security report.

And the report from security firm Trend Micro also discloses that business email cooperation (BEC) remains a major threat, with Australian businesses meeting more than a quarter – or 27.2% – of the total number of BEC efforts globally.

Trend Micro also report that there has been a worldwide surge in fileless attacks designed to mask malicious activity, with detections of the threat up 266% associated to the first half of 2018.

The security firm says the rise in fileless attacks confirm many of its predictions of last year that attackers are working smarter to target businesses and atmospheres that will harvest the utmost return on investment.

“We are seeing an interesting phenomenon within the threat scenery – stealth and sophistication is now the name of the cybersecurity game, as both criminal attacks and corporate technology become smarter and more connected.” says Dr John Liver, Data Scientist and Director, Trend Micro.

“Take ransomware for example. When it is deployed as part of a strategic attack on a susceptible industry, a business might find itself powerless. This is when a technology partner that can combine human proficiency with advanced security technologies to better sense, compare, respond to, and remediate pressures is most needed.”

According to Trend Micro, along with the growth in fileless threats in the first half of the year, attackers are gradually deploying pressures that are not visible to traditional security filters, as they can be completed in a system’s memory, reside in the registry, or abuse legitimate tools.

On a global scale, crypto mining malware remained the most detected threat with attackers increasingly deploying these threats on servers and in cloud environments, Trend Micro reveals.

Substantiating another of its predictions, Trend Micro says the number of routers involved in possible inbound attacks jumped 64% compared to the first half of 2018, with more Mirai variants searching for exposed devices.

And additionally, digital extortion schemes soared by 319% from the second half of 2018 – which Trend Micro says aligns with previous projections – while ransomware-related files, emails and URLs also grew 77% over the same period.

Trend Micro says that 91% of these threats entered the corporate network via email, and mitigating these advanced threats requires smart defence-in-depth that can correlate data from networks, across gateways, endpoints and servers to stop attacks and best identify.

In total, Trend Micro blocked more than 26.8 billion attacks in the first half of 2019, over 6 billion more than the same period last year. The result can be a big issue for malware and the overall system can be estimated for the company and the hosting company can seek solutions for issue


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