During the first half of 2020, 1 in 12 SonicWall customers with DPI-SSL turned on (8.46% average) saw malware on encrypted traffic. While the total number of encrypted malware attacks is down 32% over this time last year, a closer look shows some disturbing trends.
In some places ransomware is getting better. But in others, it’s getting much worse. In terms of total ransomware, the United States had far more than any other country, with nearly 80 million ransomware attacks. This is more than 13 times the number of ransomware attacks in the next-highest country, U.K. Like the country-level data, […]
Due to its low barrier of entry, ease of use and anonymous payouts, ransomware continues to grow — and is growing at an increasing clip. By mid-year 2019, global ransomware was up 15%. This year, it’s up 20%. Within this 20% lies a great deal of variation, however.
SonicWall recorded 1.8 billion malware hits in the United States through June 2020 — more than four times the next-highest ranked (U.K., with 231.9 million). So why aren’t these countries the riskiest? Malware totals are useful in calculating trends, but they’re of limited usefulness when determining relative risk: They ignore factors such as size, population, […]
In the U.S., California had by far the largest number of malware hits, with 304.1 million total. But it isn’t the riskiest state — or even in the top half. You’re most likely to encounter malware in Kansas, where nearly a third, or 31.3%, of sensors saw a hit.
Depends on where you are. After a spike in March, malware took a dive in April. Over the last few months, however, it’s begun to rise again. This shows some connection with the rate at which COVID-19 cases are being diagnosed. As protective measures began to be lifted in May and June, cases began rising […]
Instituting widespread work-from-home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the right thing to do, both from a business continuity standpoint and from an employee safety standpoint.2-2 The downside is that organizations are more distributed than ever before — and this is having an impact on how cybercriminals approach the targeting and deployment of […]
In the first half of 2020, Office files and PDFs made up a third of all new malicious files identified by Capture ATP. For the first half of 2019, PDFs showed an edge over Office 365 files, outpacing them 36,488 to 25,461. So far in 2020, we’ve seen a major reversal: While 8% fewer PDF […]
The number of new malware variants found by SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with Real-Time Deep Memory InspectionTM continues to rise: During the first six months of 2020, the pair discovered 315,395 new malware variants. Each year has brought significant advancements, and the first half of 2020 is no exception.
In the first half of 2020 global phishing volume was down 15%, but roughly 7% of those attacks leveraged fears around COVID-19. SonicWall phishing intelligence derived this figure from a large sample of spam emails containing COVID-19-related search terms.