In McAfee latest Labs threat reports, it has been found that the health care attacks, crypto currency mining and the fileless malware, they have found an average eight new threats samples per second.
In 2017 as per the report highlights, the healthcare sector experienced an increase in disclosed security incidents around 211 percent. And in the fourth quarter, the file-less malware has attacked MS-Power shell has increased around 267 percent.
Towards the end of 2017, the crypto currency mining left after taking the money as the criminals. And the new ransom ware that grew 35 percent has ended with 59 percent by the end of 2017.
In 2017, Apple systems are targeted more for the attack with new Mac OS malware samples in Q4 have increased by 24 percent and the total Mac OS malware grown around 243 percent. With the attack rates remain highest in South America, the new mobile malware has decreased while away from the desktop by 35 percent.
According to the McAfee Advanced Threat Research Analysts, they have found many unsafe software and exposed sensitive images. And the rise in the healthcare attacks was due to the organizational failure to follow up with the security best practices or address, that is known as unsafe in the medical software. Summing up these attacks they can very easily reconstruct patient body-parts and print the three-dimensional models.
As per, McAfee fellow and Chief Scientist, Raj Samani, the fourth quarter was known for the rapid cyber criminal adoption of the newer tools and the schemes- fileless malware, steganography, and cryptocurrency mining. And the tactics they maintained such as ransomware campaigns, were made to attack their usual means to distract the defenders from the actual attacks. He further said that the collaboration and the liberalized information shared to improve the attack remained very important as the defender’s works to fight asymmetrical cyber warfare.
As per, McAfee lead Scientist and Senior Principal Engineer, Christiaan Beek, the healthcare are the most targets for the cyber-criminals, that had put the ethics in the favor of the profit. He further said that their research had found out classic software failures and the security issues such as hard-coded implant passwords, unsigned firmware, remote code execution, and many more. And the passwords created by both healthcare organization and developers, for their use must be more alert, that they are updated on security best practices.
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