Cryptominers are the most common malware this month, although banking Trojans have increased by 50 percent during the past four months.

Cryptominers are the most common malware this month, although banking Trojans have increased by 50 percent during the past four months.

Two cryptominers top the ‘most wanted’ malware list for June, according to Check Point, while banking Trojan incidences have climbed by 50 percent over the last four months.

The top three malware packages detected in June are Coinhive, a JavaScript in-browser Monero miner that is often being used to hijack internet users systems to mine Monero without permission. Next comes Cryptoloot, a competitor to Coinhive that is attempting to undercut Coinhive by taking a lower percentage. Rounding out the top three is Dorkbot, an IRC-based Worm designed to allow remote code execution by its operator as well as downloading additional malware. Designed primarily as a banking Trojan, it can also launch denial-of-service attacks, and hit 7 percent of all organisations globally in June alone.

“Hackers are using a range of tools to find the most effective way to make a quick profit,” Maya Horowitz, Threat Intelligence Group Manager at Check Point commented. “While cryptomining continues to be the most common type of malware used globally, we observed a similar rise in the use of banking Trojans during summer 2017. It’s possible that cyber-criminals are attempting to capitalise on the summer holiday period, with tourists paying less attention to cyber-security best practices and potentially accessing online banking across shared access devices and less secure connections. This underlines that malicious hackers are tenacious and sophisticated in their attempts to make money.”

The Check Point Global Threat Index for June 2018 also analysed the most exploited vulnerabilities, the list being topped by CVE-2017-7269, with a global impact of 40 percent, followed by CVE-2017-10271 affecting 35 percent of organizations worldwide. In third place was SQL injection impacting 15 percent organisations globally.

Meanwhile, a separate report found that Ransomware has increased more than 200 percent globally, according to Sonicwall, totting up 181.5 million attacks since Jan, a 229 percent year-to-date increase.

 

Malware increase

Ransomware increase

Encrypted Threats increase

Global

102%

229%

275%

European

157%

59%

300%

UK

329%

-34%

N/A

Germany

108%

475%

 



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