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3/30/2017
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30% of Q4 Malware was New or Zero-Day

WatchGuard quarterly report, based on Firebox Feed data, lists five key findings on Internet security threats.

New data from network security firm WatchGuard Technologies shows that nearly one third of all malware samples in the fourth quarter of 2016 were new or zero-day.

WatchGuard's quarterly report on Internet security covers related threat issues and their effect on businesses. The data comes via Firebox Feed, anonymized data from over 24,000 WatchGuard unified threat management (UTM) appliances worldwide.

The report points to five crucial findings. First, hackers are using old attack methods in new packaging and second, 30% of malware is still new or zero-day because it manages to avoid discovery due to lack of advanced detection techniques. WatchGuard's data also showed that JavaScript is used extensively in malware delivery while Web browsers and services are targeted the most. And the top network attack is Wscript.shell Remote Code Execution, targeting Germany 99% of the time.

"Each quarter, our report will marry new Firebox Feed data with original research and analysis of major information security events to reveal key threat trends and provide defense best practices," says Corey Nachreiner, CTO of WatchGuard Technologies.

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3/31/2017 | 4:31:33 PM
New ?
I'm not about to dispute that traditional AV misses a good amount of malware.

The proposition that a "30%" failure rate is a realiable benchmark for a universal catch-all benchmark for "traditional AV" - whatever that is nowadays - sounds pretty high to me.

And that "30%" is "new"? "Zero-day" ?

Presumably that 30% includes stuff with the tiniest of code deviations from a long established malware family? Is that really 'new' ?

There's certainly the core of a decent case here. I'm good with that.

Seems to me there's a bit of 'amplification' going on as well, though.

 

 

 
Joe Stanganelli
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3/31/2017 | 3:15:42 PM
Level 3's Chris Richter's take.
I recently chitchatted with Level 3's SVP of Global Security Services, Chris Richter, about this very issue in the enterprise cloud context.

He very readily noted that "From a cloud service provider perspective, the one thing they really need to be wary of, and very cognizant of, is that most of the breaches that occurred last year -- the big, big breaches -- did not involve malware at all. They didn't involve any fancy cutting-edge brilliantly written malicious code. It was all mostly zero-day vulnerabilities that the perpetrators were able to take advantage of. In these virtualized cloud environments, that still remains a huge risk, and the cloud operators need to stay ahead. They need to stay ahead of vulnerabilities and they need to have a Plan B should a zero-day attack happen."

He went on to point out the brisk business that zero-day vulnerabilities have on the black market and gray market -- and that many of the WikiLeaks vulnerabilties had already been long-known to the hacker community.
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