Ransomware Doubled in the Second Half of 2016

March 4, 2017 Posted in VPN Media by No Comments

The recently released H2 Global Threat Intelligence Trends revealed that the number of incidents of ransomware attacks doubled in the second half of 2016, from 5.5% to 10.5%. Analysing the attack trends of cyber criminals revealed that the most common targets were mobile and banking.

Notable trends in cyber-attack

Ransomware market shows a change in the landscape to include new malware players like:

  • Novel file extensions in the category of spam: Infection through download apps based on the Windows Script (WScript) rose in number as compared to those written in the JavaScript (JS) and VBS (VBScript). There was also a significant increase in the number of mal-spam distribution over other less potent infections caused by WSF, JSE and VBE.
  • IoT device attack through DDoS: The discovery of Mirai Botnet, the first of its kind to target DVR’s (Internet Video Recorders) and CCTV’s in August 2016, shook the foundation of Internet security. Mirai Botnet operated by converting these Internet-connected devices into bots to deploy large scale extensive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. This incidence highlights the vulnerability of all IoT-connected devices used in home and offices. The prevalence of such attacks in the future is only predicted to gain momentum.

Stay safe with VPN

This is the age of cybercrime. The pain inflicted by physical attacks is limited in comparison to the complete crippling a cyber-attack can induce. Stealing financial information is one thing, imagine the theft of personal identity. In such an unsafe world that tread towards online living than off-line, a VPN acts like a safety vest.

Virtual Private Network is the only infallible protector of online presence. These are so named because they create a virtual safe network for transmittance of online data. A remote secure server provides Internet access to the PC. All the information that’s relayed is passed through this server and is encrypted. This process of encryption is called tunnelling. Using a VPN has become an essential skill in the present scenario.

When the user is within the tunnel, even when they are connected to a free/ public WiFi service, anyone trying to pry will have a difficult time figuring out the sites accessed. Apart from offering online information protection, VPNs provide the advantage of location spoofing. Only the location of the server is known and the users remain anonymous.

Switch to VPN and bolster your online safety.

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