Microsoft Report: Cybersecurity’s Top 3 Threats Intertwine

Cybercrime is a business, and hackers are looking for cheap strategies to maximize impact and minimize cost. Simple attack methods are one of three key themes permeating version 23 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which was released this week.

This edition of the biannual report spans enterprise and consumer cloud services, and analyzes the 400 billion emails, 450 billion authentications, and scans of 18+ billion webpages and 1.2 billion devices that Microsoft does each month. The three key topics are botnets, hacker tactics, and ransomware.

Interestingly, researchers point out, these three areas overlap with one another. Ransomware (along with Trojans and backdoors) was a common form of malware distributed by the Gamarue botnet, which Microsoft helped take down in 2017. The threat is also embedded in weaponized documents embedded in phishing emails, a simple and effective form of cyberattack.

Read about each of the threats Microsoft prioritized on DarkReading.

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