Malware Less Common in Q2, Still Top Attack Method

Kacy Zurkus | October 02, 2018

Malware Less Common in Q2, Still Top Attack Method
Despite malware attacks becoming less common since Q1 2018, they are still the top attack method, according to new research from Positive Technologies. In its Q2 2018 Cybersecurity Threatscape, Positive Technologies found that the number of unique cyber incidents grew by 47% from the same period last year, while malware attacks dropped from 63% in Q1 to 49% in Q2. Credential compromises more than doubled between Q1 (7% of all attack methods) and Q2 (19%). The report also found that most unique cyber incidents were targeted attacks on companies, their clients and cryptocurrency exchanges. Attackers used malware and made efforts to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities. Additionally, they leveraged social engineering tactics to steal administrator passwords and accessed partner companies in pursuit of their targets.

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