According to the cyber security company Check Point, September showed for the first time that ransomware is one of the most common cyber threats. Locky, a malware that encrypts data and asks for a payment key in exchange for Bitcoins, accounted for 6 % of all cyber attacks identified in the last month.
According to the company, ransomware had a growth of 13% in September that made it to the top 3 worldwide, ranking fifth in the most frequent threats in Portugal.
Overall, the total number of active malware families continues to grow, being the most recent member of the worldwide Top 10 the malware Chanitor, a program that downloads malicious payment gateways.
For the sixth consecutive month, HummingBad continues to be the first choice of hackers to attack mobile devices, a type of threat increasingly frequent in those devices.
In companies, the most damaging malware is Conficker, which was the source of 14% of all known attacks.
Also note that in total, the Top 10 of the most popular variants accounted for 50% of all attacks.
Check Point leaves to the most curious a “guide” to the Top 5 biggest threats in Portugal, most of which are already well known.