Poland's safest for months: Check Point's report

In the November network security checklist of Check Point Software Technologies, Poland ranked 12th in Europe, while its risk index dropped by as much as 13.1 points - which means that the activity of hackers in our network was the lowest in many months. A less optimistic accent is the return of the Necurs botnet, which distributes a new type of ransomware.

Researchers from Check Point after analyzing the monthly data have concluded that the main link in the world of hacking attacks was Necurs - considered the most powerful spam botnet - which was used this time to distribute a relatively new Scarab ransomware (which first appeared in June 2017) .

The Necurs Botnet began mass distribution of Scarab during Thanksgiving in the USA, sending more than 12 million emails within one morning. Until now, Necurs was used, among others to distribute some of the most malicious and malicious variants of malware, mainly the Locky and Globeimposter families.

It is safer in Europe

The data provided by Check Point Software Technologies unambiguously show the relatively low activity of hackers in European countries. In November Lithuania was the safest country in Europe (second place in the world), with a hazard indicator of 24.4 points. Behind her, Croatia (25.4) and Cyprus (26.6) were located, being the leader of the last list.

Poland this time was in the 12th position and with the index of 38.4 overtook, among others, Serbia (39,6), Switzerland (39,8) and Austria (40,4). Although the position of our country is worse than last month (place 7), so-called the standardized threat index was lower, which indicates less activity of hackers - both in Poland and on average across Europe.

lp. Country Normalized threat index
1 Lithuania 24.4
2 Croatia 25.4
3 Cyprus 26.6
4 Latvia 28.1
5 Ireland 32.5
6 Czech Republic 32.8
7 Estonia 34.0
8 Germany 34.4
9 Sweden 34.6
10 Macedonia 34.7
11 Norway 35.9
12 Poland 37.6
13 Serbia 38.4
14 Switzerland 39.6
15 Austria 40.4

In November, the most endangered computers in the world belonged to the network of the Dominican Republic. In this charming Caribbean country, in principle, every machine found in the company's networks has recorded an attack attempt. In turn, in Europe, the largest field of hacker activity was the Albanian network, where the number of infections by as much as 88 percent. it exceeded data from Poland

What is attacking us?

Security experts indicate that the most popular malware in the world in November were RoughTed, Rig EK and the notorious Conficker. In Poland, the top three looked a bit different: apart from the wide RoughTed malvertising campaign, Fireball was also on the podium, which this year has infected about 300 million computers and Pushdo - a trojan that allows unauthorized access and control over the infected computer.

Among the most commonly used hacking tools directed against mobile devices are the Triad's backdoor, which allows for granting super user permissions to download malicious software; banking Trojan Lokibot and Leakerlocker, which is a mobile ransomware, i.e. a tool encrypting our files and demanding a ransom for the ability to decrypt them.

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