2017 Q1 Malware Review


One of many notable trends: A rising tide of botnet malware. Highly-adaptable and multifunctional botnet varieties grew in usage nearly 70%.
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Ransomware-as-a-business enters the next stage of innovation

Between the beginning of 2017 and close of its first quarter, Cofense Intelligence™ completed analysis of 749 sets of phishing emails delivering nearly 10,000 unique malware samples supported by over 14,000 online resources. These indicators of compromise, as well as a full assessment of the phishing email tactics and malware capabilities, were profiled in in reports and Strategic Analysis documents designed to highlight techniques being used across the threat landscape. Several trends defined the phishing threat landscape in the first quarter of 2017.

Significant Q1 Tends to Explore:

  • A rising tide of botnet malware
  • Ransomware-as-a-business prepares to enter the next stage of innovation
  • More anti-analysis and creative delivery techniques
  • Phishing lures expanding globally utilizing multiple languages

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