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6/25/2018
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Larry Loeb
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Adware & Cryptomining Remain Top Enterprise Security Threats

New research from Morphisec Labs finds that adware remains a consistent if under-reported security problem for many enterprises. At the same time, cryptomining remains the go-to attack for many cybercriminals.

Security vendor Morphisec Labs is out with a new report that looks at the cybersecurity landscape for the first quarter of this year, and is based on anonymized threat data from the company's 750,000 endpoint agents scattered throughout the world.

The report contains technical details on specific attack techniques and tactics used, as well as a set of threat analyses of the most critical threats to enterprise organizations.

There are five key findings:


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Michael Gorelik, CTO and Head of Threat Research at Morphisec, wrote in the report:

We also found ample evidence that the cyberattack pipeline is getting more efficient and faster. Sophisticated attack technology moves quickly from nation-states to cyber-criminal groups and filters down to mass-market exploit kits in a matter of days. Nation-states spend the resources finding zero-days and/or developing new attack techniques to exploit them. The more tech-savvy cybercrime groups reverse-engineer patches or use published analyses to develop their own exploits. From there it's only a small step to adding the vulnerability to exploit kits for use by the mass criminal market. February's critical Adobe Flash vulnerability migrated from political zero-day attack to malspam campaign to exploit kit distribution before the month was out.

The report highlights how malware continues to evolve, with threat actors feeding off each other's activities and methods to end up creating potent attacks on organizations.

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— Larry Loeb has written for many of the last century's major "dead tree" computer magazines, having been, among other things, a consulting editor for BYTE magazine and senior editor for the launch of WebWeek.

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