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2019 – 7.2 billion Malware attacks

We have been hearing a lot about ransomware attacks to government organizations, corporations, hotels, etc. We’re also been hearing a lot about phishing and other threats. However, that does not give us an indication on how spread out these events are.

Well, we have some numbers now from SonicWall Capture Labs and let me tell you that they look really scary.

At least 7.2 billion malware attacks and 151.9 million ransomware attacks have been reported through the first 9 months of 2019. Now we have some numbers, that means more than 500,000 ransomware infection per day in 2019! That is a lot!

Even though the numbers are really high, they look much better than previous years. SonicWall reported a 32 percent year-over-year decline in phishing attacks. It also indicated that most phishing attacks targeted C-suite executives, HR personnel and IT leaders. From a malware point of view, they fell 15 percentage points year over year, and ransomware attacks declined 5 percentage points during the time frame.

This does not mean that you can take this lightly as there are a lot of threats out there.

Comparatively, SonicWall recorded year-over-year increases in the following types of cyber attacks:

  • Encrypted Malware: up by 58 percent
  • Web Application Attacks: up by 37 percent
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Malware: up by 33 percent

If you have not been hit by ransomware, phishing or any other threats, just watch out and keep good cyber hygiene. However, if you have been hit already, just raise your bar and keep an eye on every email you receive, unsolicited USBs, and so on, as they are always waiting for somebody to click.

Therefore, before you click, stop and think.

And as always, be safe out there and until the next Malware Monday.

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