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Malware is a consistent and growing thorn in the side of every business and consumer

Malware
   
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86.3%

In 2021, 86.3% of malware was unique to one PC.

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In 2021,86.3% of malware was unique to one PC.

This is nearly identical to previous years...

86.1%

2020

86.2%

2019

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Attackers might remain consistent with their attacks, but that doesn’t mean businesses or consumers are off the hook.

   
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Windows infections

In the last year,

we witnessed consumer PCs having higher infection rates than their business PC counterparts.

However …

businesses continue to lag behind consumers in moving away from Windows 7, which is known for consistently higher infection rates than Windows 10.

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Where in the world are PCs being infected?

Well, it differs by region.

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Not only are we seeing PC infection rates differ by region, but also by industry.

   
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The industries reporting higher-than-average infection rates are

54% above average

Manufacturing

41% above average

Public Administration

37% above average

Information

ransomware

The sky’s the limit with ransomware payments

Infection rates may vary, but ransomware payments are headed in one direction – up.

Did you know the year-end average for ransomware payments in 2021 more than doubled the 2020 average, hitting

$322,168?



   
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Since 2018, we've witnessed ransom payments increase by roughly $73,500 a year.

cost

$6,733

At the end of 2018,
the average ransom payment was only $6,733.

cost

$84,116

A year later in 2019,
it was $84,116.

cost

$154,108

At the end of 2020,
the average was $154,108!

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URLs

It’s boom time for high-risk URLs

Ransom payments are soaring, but so are high-risk URLs.

4 Million

This growth also differs based on location...

   
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Did you know the vast majority of high-risk URLs are located in the United States?

Here are the top 10 countries hosting the majority of high-risk URLs in 2021

United States

64.8%

Germany

4.3%

Netherlands

3.4%

Canada

3.3%

Hong Kong

2.7%

Singapore

2.1%

Russia

2.0%

United Kingdom

1.8%

Japan

1.6%

China

1.2%

Phishing

Phishing for your data

When?

Phishing can happen at various times of the year. For example, take the month of May. There was a 770% increase in phishing activity in that month alone. Cybercriminals like to strike when the iron is hot and take advantage of tax season.


 
   
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Who?

Cybercriminals are not just phishing for your information during certain times throughout the year. They are also attempting to trick you by impersonating top brands.

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Top 10 impersonating brands

2021

Apple

13.0%

Facebook

12.1%

YouTube

11.8%

Microsoft

9.1%

Google

9.1%

Amazon

8.1%

PayPal

3.3%

La Banque Postale

2.7%

Target

2.5%

Instagram

1.9%



2020

eBay

13.2%

Apple

10.2%

Microsoft

9.5%

Facebook

8.8%

Google

8.6%

Steam

7.9%

Yahoo

5.4%

Amazon

4.7%

Netflix

3.0%

PayPal

3.0%



Predictions

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With the introduction of Windows 11, bad actors won’t think twice about engaging in new and dangerous exploits.

- Grayson Milbourne | Security Intelligence Director

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As attackers become more strategic about who they attack, small and medium-sized businesses become a highly lucrative option.

- Matt Aldridge | Principal Solutions Consultant

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By becoming more calculated in their approach, bad actors will look to maximize their potential financial windfalls.

- Kelvin Murray | Senior Threat Research Analyst

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We foresee an increase in the complexity of social engineering tactics as cybercriminals advance their tactics to become more deceptive and difficult to detect.

- Tyler Moffitt | Senior Security Analyst

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The threat intelligence, trends and details presented in the 2022 BrightCloud® Threat Report are based on data continuously and automatically captured by the BrightCloud® Platform, our machine learning-based architecture. Our threat research team analyzes and interprets the data using advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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