SophosLabs malware forecast points to rising IoT threats, more ransomware


SophosLabs has released a malware forecast to coincide with the start of RSA Conference 2017.

Typically, our research papers focus on Windows, which has traditionally been the largest battleground. While some of the report does indeed look at Microsoft-specific challenges, we decided to focus more on the increasing malware threats directed at platforms where the risks are often not as well understood, specifically Linux, MacOS and Android devices.

SophosLabs has identified four trends that gained steam in 2016 and will likely remain challenges in 2017:

1. Linux malware that exploits vulnerabilities in Internet of Things (IoT) devices
The report starts by looking at how Linux is increasingly being used to target and infect IoT devices that include everything from webcams to household appliances that connect to the internet. Default passwords, out-of-date versions of Linux and a lack of encryption will continue to make these devices ripe for abuse.

2. The pervasiveness of Android malware
Next, the report looks at the top 10 malware families targeting Android devices, the most pervasive being Andr/PornClk: more than 20% of the cases SophosLabs analyzed in 2016 were from this family. It makes money through advertisements and membership registrations, and it is persistent – taking advantage of root privilege and Read more

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