Ransomware Attacks Increased by 68% in 2023 according to Malwarebytes' New "2024 ThreatDown State of Malware Report"
Malwarebytes Annual Report Examines the Most Prevailing Threats and Provides Defense Guidance for Organizations
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Malwarebytes, a global leader in real-time cyber protection, today released its 2024 ThreatDown State of Malware report, which reveals that the United States accounted for almost half of all ransomware attacks in 2023. The annual cybersecurity analysis looks at the most prominent attacks and cybercrime tactics across popular operating systems and how IT teams — particularly those that are resource-constrained — can address them.
"Small and medium-sized organizations face a deluge of cyber threats daily including ransomware, malware and phishing attacks. This new data spotlights the pervasive cat-and-mouse game between cybercriminals and the security and IT teams on the front lines," said Mark Stockley, Cybersecurity Evangelist, Malwarebytes ThreatDown Labs. "The threat landscape is constantly evolving especially with the explosion of AI and new adversaries with fresh strategies and tactics, but if organizations follow our guidance and become equipped to handle these top threats, they are off to a good start in 2024."
Big Game Ransomware is on the Rise
The repeated use of zero-days also signaled a new level of sophistication making CL0P the second most active "big game" ransomware group of 2023, outpacing rivals that were active in every month of the year compared to just a few weeks of activity from CL0P. LockBit also remained the most widely used ransomware-as-a-service, which accounted for more than twice as many attacks as its nearest competitor in 2023.
Malicious advertising — or malvertising — also made a comeback in 2023 and threatened both businesses and consumers alike. Countless campaigns appeared impersonating brands such as Amazon, Zoom and WebEx to deliver both Windows and Mac malware through highly convincing ads and websites that trick users into downloading malware on their devices. Malwarebytes ThreatDown Labs found Amazon, Rufus, Weebly, NotePad++ and Trading View to be the top five most impersonated brands. In addition, Dropbox, Discord, 4sync, Gitlab and Google emerged as the top five most abused hosts. Malwarebytes ThreatDown Labs also found Aurora Stealer, Vidar, Redline Stealer, BatLoader and IcedID to be the top five most frequently discovered malware.
Operating System Threats
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