With cybercriminals increasing their activities amid COVID-19, researchers at cybersecurity company McAfee saw an average of 375 new threats per minute during the first quarter of 2020 worldwide, a new report revealed.
Cybercriminals are exploiting the pandemic through COVID-19 themed malicious apps, phishing campaigns, malware, and more, said the McAfee “COVID-19 Threat Report: July 2020”. While new ransomware declined 12% in Q1, total ransomware increased 32% over the past four quarters, said the report. The findings are based on in-depth research, investigative analysis, and threat data gathered by the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence cloud from over a billion sensors across multiple threat vectors around the world.
Over the course of the first quarter of 2020, McAfee Advanced Threat Research (ATR) observed malicious actors focus on sectors where availability and integrity are fundamental, for example, manufacturing, law and construction firms. New mobile malware increased by 71% in Q1, with total malware growing nearly 12% over the past four quarters, said the report. - IANS