Q1 2015 - a very large increase in threats for mobile systems and PC

According to recent reports of antivirus manufacturers (which we mentioned recently), the growth of malware in 2015 can be record-breaking. This is confirmed by experts from G DATA SecurityLabs, according to which the number of new variants of malicious software in the second half of AD 2015 more than doubled in the second half of AD 2015, while the Panda Security antivirus company report confirms inevitable - in the first quarter of this year, 40% more malicious software in relation to the same period, but a year earlier. So let no one be surprised that Intel Security specialists have similar statistics. According to the McAfee Labs Threats Report May 2015 report :

1. At the beginning of 2015, ransomware threats harvest their harvests 165% more often than a year ago. The most popular of them are CTB-Locker, Teslacrypt, new versions of CryptoWall, TorrentLocker and BandarChor. However, ransomware from the CTB family proved to be the most dangerous, because for network communication with the C2 server they use the TOR network, thanks to which it is almost impossible to locate and remove the C2 server.

2. McAfee Lab from Q4 2014 to Q1 2015 is observing a 317-percent increase in threats related to vulnerabilities in Adobe software and impersonating Adobe Flash - mainly Trojans. The most popular tools for exploiting leaky Adobe Flash are the Nuclear Kit and Sweet Orange.

3. The number of new malicious software that has been attacking mobile operating systems since Q4 2014 has increased from 700,000 to 1.1 million! in Q1 2015.

4. In contrast, the number of all "mobile" malware is currently 7,000,000, while in Q4 2014, malware that attacked mobile devices fluctuated around 5.5 million.

5. The most often attacked continent by mobile malware is ... Africa, which is attributed 11% of all infections of smartphones and tablets, the second disgraceful place falls to Asia - 9.5%, third for North America - less than 9%.

6. Interestingly, comparing Q4 2014 and Q1 2015, we can see a clear drop in new malware, but if we compare Q1 from 2014 and 2015, the number of new viruses has jumped from over 30 million to just under 50 million. However, in the case of the total number of malware, from Q4 2014 to Q1 2015, it increased by as much as 13%.

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