New PandaLabs antivirus lab quarterly report
Virus laboratory PandaLabs company Panda Security warns in his regular quarterly report on the wave of cyber-attacks, which resulted in the compromised information stored in various government agencies.
The so-called cyber wars between countries have been observed for the past several years, but PandaLabs has found growing interest among various countries in undermining the security and stealing information from governments of other countries of the world. Given this fact, one of the most powerful attacks during the third quarter was the attack on the Hacking Team, which controls many cyber espionage and cyber attack tools supplied to governments around the world.
“This case is particularly worrying because hackers were able to decrypt the passwords of the most secure systems in the world,” explains Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs. “The criminals not only wanted to know which clients from among the governments and special services of different countries use cyber espionage services, but also which products they used.”
This wave of attacks, which took place in the third quarter of this year, also showed hacking of the unclassified Pentagon mail system. It was carried out using a comprehensive attack, the customer of which, most likely, was the government of one of the states. Moreover, the FBI confirmed that it was able to detect a growing interest from terrorists in conducting cyber-terrorist attacks against the United States, which, apparently, are currently at the planning stage.
Over 21 million new malware samples
The PandaLabs quarterly report also contains information on the number of new malware samples created during this period. Although, as a rule, a decrease in the number of new threats is observed in the summer months, the current year was an exception: in the third quarter, 21 million new threats appeared, which corresponds to the level of approximately 230,000 threats daily.
To carry out their attacks, hackers use trojans, which are the most common type of malware (69.15%), and also cause the majority of infections (77.64%). Classic viruses (11.34%) are in second place with a wide margin. In this case, special attention should be paid to potentially unwanted programs (PUP), which are contained in the category “Other” (7.96%).
Monitoring Devices: The Most Common Method
The third quarter confirmed that the Internet of things is now an integral part of our digital life. But their use is fraught with new risks, which increases our chances of becoming victims of the attack. As the next quarterly report showed, there are new methods that are used to jeopardize our security.
Hackers continue to attack social networks and mobile devices, but now we have begun to observe the emergence of techniques for hacking routers at home and in the office, as a result of which they fall under complete control by the hacker, while the victims do not even know about it.
Companies such as Jeep Cherokee and Land Rover have also faced attacks on their cars. The latter was even forced to inform its users about software errors in 65,000 machines that were sold during 2013. These errors allowed criminals to unlock doors over the Internet.
China remains the country with the highest infection rate
A PandaLabs report showed the distribution of infections in the world. The global average infection rate was 32.12%. As before, China topped the list of the most infected countries in the world, showing an infection rate of 45.35%. Following him are Peru (42.89%) and Turkey (40.99%). Russia took the “honorable” fourth place, showing an infection rate of 38.32%.
Among other countries where the infection rate was above the global average, Poland (34.54%), Slovenia (33.98%), Colombia (33.11%), Spain (32.50%) and Costa- Riku (32.22%).
The three countries with the lowest levels of infection include Norway (20.12%), Sweden (21.33%) and Japan (22.75%).
You can see the full report here .