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Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends Report

September 2016 by Webroot

Webroot has released the latest edition of the Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends report.

The report provides insight and analysis into varied cyber threats monitored in the first six months of 2016. Key findings and areas of interest featured in the report are as follows:

• Users were 20% less likely to encounter malware or other undesirable executable files than 2015, although attacks have become increasingly sophisticated and short-lived

• Technology and finance firms are the most likely to be targeted by ‘phishers’. Google saw the most unique zero-day phishing URLs in 2016, with more in June than the next five tech companies combined

• Webroot identified 9 million new malicious URLs in 2016, 42% of which originated in the USA (up from 30% in 2015), which indicates that cybercriminals are working around geo-blocking filters

• New malicious Android apps are on track to increase by nearly 400%, mainly targeting Asian countries.

• Shifts in malicious URL share, with Germany seeing a 9% rise in the first half of this year

If you would like, I can arrange a briefing with David Kennerley, Director of Threat Research at Webroot to discuss the findings in more detail. David will be able to talk about:

• The increasing sophistication of malware encounters and phishing attacks
• The growth in polymorphic attacks and how predictive threat intelligence is required to detect them as they evolve
• The implications of malicious files and URLs on a nation’s or company’s security.

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