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Cybersecurity Threats Of 2019

Encrypted Malware

Encryption’s use is no longer just limited to cyber security, it can also protect a malware’s network communication channels – making it difficult for defenders to discover the data it is transmitting. Threat researchers detected that out of 400,000 malware they inspected, 70% used some level of encryption.

Burst DDoS Attacks

Aside from lengthy DDoS attacks that can take hours to abate, hackers are now employing a high-intensity short duration or burst DDoS attacks that aim to destabilize service availability for weeks on end. These intense, intermittent attacks often target gaming services in a bid to make their games laggy or unreliable.

Sandbox Evasion

Proactive techniques like the use of sandboxing technologies are gaining traction as methods in denying malware a toehold into an organization’s systems. Cyber criminals are aware of this new solution and are developing new techniques like exploiting the “document_close” event to deliver malware. Basically, a sandbox will keep a file open in its container and when it is deemed safe, the system delivers the file to its intended recipient. When the recipient closes the file, the malware gets deployed.

Cloud Services Abuse

The survey has found that 53 percent of security professionals now use the cloud for better security. This is a good trend to offset the current wave of attacks which cyber criminals launch from the very architectures of cloud services. Basically, a cyber criminal creates an account to gain access to cloud services and abuses it to launch malware.


The current threat landscape has seen a rise in the use of crypto worms – a kind of ransomware which infects a file and then encrypts it. Cryptoworms have been around since 2016 but the newer strains can self-propagate across systems. According to Cisco, its threat researchers rank the threat of data-erasing crypto worms are high because they have the capacity to wipe out the entire Internet.

These trends are indeed worrying in terms of cybersecurity.

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