Cyber Threat Intelligence Report for the first half of 2019

Published: Wednesday, 07 August 2019 07:55

NETSCOUT has published its Threat Intelligence Report for the first half of 2019. The report underscores how dramatically the cyber criminal business model has matured into an efficient, global operation and the increasing geographical diversity and proliferation of nation-state advance persistent threats (APT) groups. It reinforces the need for companies to minimise risks by having a better view of the threat landscape.

Key findings from the report include:

Botmasters are getting smarter. Attackers are increasingly taking advantage of everything from smart home sensors to smartphones, routers, and even Apple software to discover and weaponize new attack vectors.

Focus on mid-size DDoS attacks. DDoS attack frequency grew 39 percent in the first half of 2019 from the first half of 2018; a staggering 776 percent growth occurred in the number of attacks between 100 Gbps and 400 Gbps.

Firewalls are getting hit. Proof-of-concept malware is targeting IoT devices behind firewalls. This new trend highlights a potentially devastating situation since there are 20 times more IoT devices behind firewalls than directly connected to the Internet.

Geopolitical skirmishes go cyber. Geopolitical adversaries increasingly target one another using cyber tactics ranging from malware and DDoS attacks to social engineering and misinformation.

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