12016 Sees Massive Spike in Ransomware, Trend Micro Finds
Security vendor Trend Micro released its
on Feb. 28, providing insight into a record year for vulnerabilities. The largest single trend noted in the report was the rise of ransomware in 2016. Trend Micro discovered 247 different ransomware families in 2016, a 752 percent increase over 2015. Ransomware takes different forms and attacks multiple types of IT data, though among the most popular is database files. The report also looks at another trend—business email compromise (BEC), an attack where organizations are tricked into paying fraudulent invoices. In 2016, BEC attacks caused an average of $140,000 in losses to companies around the world, Trend Micro found. In this slide show, <i>eWEEK</i> takes a look at some of the key highlights of the Trend Micro “2016 Security Roundup: A Record Year for Enterprise Threats” report.
2New Forms of Ransomware Spikes
3Ransomware Takes Aim at Database Files
4Business Email Compromise Targets the U.S.
5Trend Micro Discovers 765 Vulnerabilities in 2016 …
6… But Discovers Fewer Microsoft Vulnerabilities in 2016
7Use of Angler Exploit Kit Declines
8Flash Remains an Exploit Kit Favorite
Although exploit kit use declined by the end of 2016, it still remains a threat. Looking at the specific vulnerabilities used in the various exploit kits, Trend Micro found that Adobe Flash vulnerabilities were the most common.