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Attack Vectors Long Quiet Make Loud Q3 Comeback

October 15, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

Cyber-criminals eased into the year with a somewhat quiet first and second quarter, but according to a new report from Malwarebytes, attackers made some noise in Q3 2018.  In the Cybercrime, Tactics and Techniques Q3 2018, researchers found that business detections were up 55% compared to 4% for consumers, indicating that cybercriminals are targeting victims who promise a greater return on their investments. One notable shift in tactics was with the use of traditionally consumer-leaning malware, which the report said are now being leveraged in business attacks. The number of Trojan detections for both businesses and consumers rose 86% from last quarter. Ransomware, cryptojacking and adware also contributed to this increase in business attacks. In addition, older strains of banking Trojans experienced a comeback, and researchers discovered the emergence of new ones, making this form of malware the number-one detection for both businesses and consumers.