Malwarebytes released 2Q2017 report on Cybercrime

Some takeaway highlights from the report:

– Ransomware is on the rise – encrypting files and stealing login credentials (70% of malware in June was ransomware!) You may have hard about the global Wannacry outbreak that effected 150 countries in June 2017.

– Your action is to BACKUP YOUR FILES – to be able to recover without paying a ransom to cyber-criminals who encrypt your files and demand a ransom to unencrypt them.

– Email is still the primary method to distribute malware – beware of email with attachments and subject lines that say “invoice / payment / receipt attached” and ask you to sign into your account.

– Some Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) slow your system, and disable your anti-malware security software.

– MACs are becoming more vulnerable to malware.

– MALVERTISING using ads is a common way that cyber-criminals distribute their malware.

– TECH SUPPORT SCAMS are on the rise – whether it is by phone call or a blocked browser, DO NOT out of fear let the scammers into your system (I know I sound like a broken record about this).

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Report: Second quarter dominated by ransomware outbreaks