2020 Webroot Threat Report: Phishing Attempts Grew by 640% Last Year
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- Phishing URLs encountered grew by 640 percent in 2019.
- 1 in 4 malicious URLs is hosted on an otherwise non-malicious domain.
- 8.9 million URLs were found hosting a cryptojacking script.
- The top sites impersonated by phishing sites or cybercriminals are
Microsoft, Apple, PayPaland DropBox.
- The top five kinds of websites impersonated by phishing sites are crypto exchanges (55%), gaming (50%), web email (40%), financial institutions (40%) and payment services (32%).
- Malware targeting Windows 7® increased by 125 percent.
- 93.6 percent of malware seen was unique to a single PC – the highest rate ever observed.
- 85 percent of threats hide in one of four locations: %temp%, %appdata%, %cache%, and %windir%, with more than half of threats (54.4%) on business PCs hiding in %temp% folders. This risk can be easily mitigated by setting a Windows policy to disallow programs from running from the temp directory.
- IP addresses associated with Windows exploits grew by 360 percent, with the majority of exploits targeting out-of-date operating systems.
- Consumer PCs remain nearly twice as likely to get infected as business PCs.
- The data reveals that regions most likely to be infected also have the highest rates of using older operating systems.
- Of the infected consumer devices, more than 35 percent were infected more than three times, and nearly 10 percent encountered six or more infections.
- The continued insecurity of consumer PCs underscore the risk companies face in allowing employees to connect to business networks from their personal devices.
- Trojans and malware accounted for 91.8 percent of Android™ threats.
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