The number of malware and infections that hit Windows declined by 23 per cent in the second quarter of 2017, according to a new report by Quick Heal Technologies. Despite this significant drop in percentage 1700 malware were detected every single minute and Windows was hit by over 2.3 million infections and 13 families of ransomware during this quarter.
According to Chief Technology Officer, Quick Heal, Sanjay Katkar, although malware detections on Windows and Android saw a decline compared to last quarter, ransomware attacks have increased. This trend proves that cyber criminals are working on attacks that require fewer resources but at the same time give higher returns,”
According to the report, health care organizations may face an increased number of attacks by more advanced and destructive versions of Petya and Wannacry. Apart from this ransomware that has gained quiet an infamous reputation other ransomware families like Jeff’, ‘Crisis’, ‘Cry128/Cry9,’ etc also emerged during the second quarter of 2017.
According to the report, attackers are now shifting their strategy from data stealing and other malicious campaigns to attacks ever since the emergence of ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya, as they can make more money, more easily thorough such attacks.
Trojans continued to rise with 37% detections followed by Infectors, Worms and Adware and Potentially Unwanted Applications.
The report noted that the incidence of fake apps labeled with popular keywords with an intention of luring users to download them would rise over all kinds of app stores including Google Play. The security of such apps mostly developed by novices is very susceptible as they are not coded properly and hence experienced attackers are likely to use them to target mobile phones.