FRESH DATA: IoT Malware Attacks Rise 217% From 2017


The 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report reveals record-high 10.52 billion malware attacks in 2018.

SonicWall has released their 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, analyzing data from over 1 million sensors around the world to gain insights into the state of cyber threats and attacks. The news isn’t good.

The data collected during 2018 revealed a sharp rise in cyberattacks and threat tactics. The company’s Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection found 74,290 new attacks. These attacks are so new and unheard of that they had no signature and included multiple side channel attacks.

“Cyber perpetrators are not letting up in their relentless pursuit to illegally obtain data, valuable information and intellectual property,” said Bill Conner, President and CEO, SonicWall. “We must be unyielding in this cyber arms race. Sharing vital threat information with our customers and partners provides them a tactical advantage. But it’s also important to arm those at the forefront of this battle with this intelligence, promote global awareness of the threat landscape and continue to facilitate important dialogue around today’s most prevalent cyber threats.”

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SonicWall sampled over 700 million malware attacks and found that 19.2% of them used non-standard ports, an increase of 8.7%. They also discovered threats in over 47,000 PDFs and 51,000 Office files.

“The concern over security and privacy is more prevalent than ever before. Industry and government must collaborate to build a more secure environment, mitigate risk, and build citizen trust in government and consumer trust in business.” said Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of The Chertoff Group, and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. “This report provides critical analysis into the evolution of cyber adversaries threat tactics and methods. As organizations increasingly rely on metrics to understand and forecast risk, this intelligence will help enterprises and governments make informed decisions on their security investment.”

Other key findings include:

  • 10.52 billion malware attacks were blocked in 2018, the most ever recorded to date by SonicWall
  • 217.5 percent increase in IoT attacks in 2018
  • More than 2.8 million encrypted malware attacks were blocked in 2018, a 27 percent year-over-year increase from 2017
  • 11 percent year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks
  • 56 percent increase in web app attacks
  • 3.9 trillion intrusion attempts
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