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Emotet and Trickbot Are the Future of Malware

December 05, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

Malware authors have been incorporating new infection methods that have resulted in a whole new category of attacks that are likely to represent the future of malware, according to a new research report from Malwarebytes. Released today, the research report Under the Radar – The Future of Undetected Malware revealed that malware authors are using new skills that help them evade detection, giving them an edge against security tools and enterprise defenders. These new infection methodologies enable the malware to persist after compromise have resulted in the emergence of a whole new category of attacks in 2018. The report analyzed the latest data in fileless attack methodology, frequency, remediation resistance and adaptive attacks and found that TrickBot, SamSam, Emotet, and Sorebrect represent the future of attacks. According to the research, not only is fileless malware estimated to account for 35% of all attacks in 2018, but it is also 10 times more likely to succeed than file-...