Bitcoin miners use your computers CPU while you are on a site.

Cryptomining

Industry threats

Threat actors (likely State-sponsored) turned up the heat on industry attacks, bringing US cities to a screeching halt with ransomware infections, halting daily instruction in schools compromised with Emotet, and putting patient lives at risk in TrickBot attacks on healthcare organisations.

Malwarebytes State of Malware 2019

Data Privacy

Malwarebytes comments that big and small tech is subject to extreme attacks to gain user data. Or they just sell it to monetise it!

data leak
Data leaks are the norm

2019 was supposed to be the year of privacy, but users fell over themselves to give their data away on scams as evident as ‘win a pizza to share with friends’.

Maybe by 2029, we will see meaningful legislation and protection for your data.

And for 2020

Ransomware
  1. Ransomware will focus on those that pay – businesses
  2. Web skimmers are easy money, and it won’t be safe to buy on-line. We can expect to see many novel attack techniques introduced.
  3. Web surfing will be even more dangerous if you use an old browser or Chromium based one
  4. Biometrics and genetic tracking, e.g., Facial recognition, consumer DNA kit, menstrual tracking, baby-making, private health information etc. will result in way too much personal data sold. The increased use of biometric data for authentication calls for stronger regulations for data privacy. Consumers and pro-privacy organisations will push hard on lawmakers to make that a reality in 2020.
  5. US voters will call into question the reliability of the voting process, especially if the results of the 2020 presidential election once again fail to align with Democrat projections. But it is really fake news with Nation-state actors tasked with destabilising the country. Scammers and malware authors will use the election to spread their threats via phishing emails. Unfortunately, users following propagandist or radial publications on both sides of the political spectrum will believe what they want to believe. Regardless of scam tactics or potential voting machine compromises, the real threat will be the attacks on our hearts and minds through social media and media manipulation.
  6. Hybrid attacks are the new black. Get a foot in the door with phishing or adware, visit a site and get part two of the malware. Then wait for ‘dwell-time’ to strike when the information flow back to cybercriminals says its time.
Facial ID
Personal data is the new gold

GadgetGuy’s take – Malwarebytes State of Malware 2019. It is my weapon of choice

Please know that we publish most security materials as a public service under the title eSafety. The more you read, the more you may take heed.

Malwarebytes focuses on endpoints – phones and computers where a threat can get a foothold and spread further to the network. It has enterprise protection too.

Make no mistake – if you surf the web, buy on-line, get caught by a socially engineered phishing email or whatever without suitable protection, you are in for a world of pain.

We recently reviewed Norton 360 – the companies comprehensive suite. It is damned expensive but at least twice a year it has saved my families bacon. I run it on every computing device because you can’t afford a weak link.

Whether its Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee et al. you need paid protection. Protection is perhaps not the right word – it smacks of mafia standover tactics.

The right words are confidence and resilience. The ability to use the internet with some confidence and the resilience to withstand attacks when you do.