CyberSafety is a blog about IT security and how to keep safe online. Produced by the communication office at Panda Security (South Africa), the blog looks at internet threats -- from viruses and worms to spam and botnets -- and the technology and strategies being developed to protect PC users from these threats.
Panda Security’s anti-malware laboratory, PandaLabs has been investigating current and new threats of Malware across the world, and has uncovered a new piece of Malware that is targeting POS terminals – “PunkeyPOS”.
Last week a new strain of ransomware came to the fore, dubbed Locky because of the way it renames the file extension. Locky targets users via email attachments, which is often an invoice in a Microsoft Word document. Once the recipient downloads the file, if Office macros are enabled the malicious macro gets to work encrypting the user’s files. If macros are not enabled, the Word document will display a message prompting the user to enable macros in order to read the invoice. (more…)
Last week Panda Security International released the Panda Labs Report 2015, among the key findings is that over 25% of all malware ever produced was created in 2015, a worrying statistic that is likely indicative of things to come in 2016.
Here is a roundup of the Panda Labs Report.
New malware samples increased by over 10% in 2015.
Panda Labs detected and neutralised more than 84 million new malware samples, indicative of over 230,000 new malware samples created daily, and a total of 304 million samples seen in 2015.
Trojans, PUPs and Ransomware most destructive malware.
Trojans accounted for 60.3% of infections followed by PUPs at 28.98%, of these infections Ransomware was seen to be the most common form of attack.
China remains the top most targeted country in the world, with Nordic countries registering as the least targeted.
In light of the findings the Report highlights the following likely trends for 2016.