McAfee, a leading cybersecurity solutions provider, has noticed an average of 419 new threats per minute as overall new malware samples grew by 11.5 percent in the second quarter of 2020.
The McAfee report said it saw a 605 percent increase in Covid-19-related attack detections in Q2 2020 as compared to Q1 2019.
# McAfee sees COVID-19-themed cyber-attack detections increase by 605% in Q2 2020
# McAfee saw PowerShell malware surge 117% due to proliferation of malicious Donoff documents
# Attacks on cloud services users reached nearly 7.5 million
# New malware samples grow 11.5% in Q2 2020; averaging 419 new threats per minute
# New Coinmining malware increases 25% with adoption of new Coinmining applications
# New Linux malware increases 22% due to Gafgyt and Mirai Internet of Things activity
# Mobile malware grows 15% driven by Android Mobby Adware surge
# Publicly disclosed security incidents rose 22%; incidents targeting technology industry increase 91%
A significant proliferation in malicious Donoff Microsoft Office documents attacks propelled new PowerShell malware increase 117 per cent, McAfee said in the report.
“The second quarter of 2020 saw developments in innovative threat categories such as PowerShell malware and the quick adaptation by cybercriminals to target organizations through employees working from remote environments,” said Raj Samani, McAfee fellow and chief scientist.
McAfee assesses the state of the cyber threat landscape each quarter based on research, investigative analysis, and threat data gathered by the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence cloud from over a billion sensors across multiple threat vectors.
The cybersecurity company observed nearly 7.5 million external attacks on cloud user accounts. This is based on the aggregation and anonymisation of cloud usage data from more than 30 million McAfee MVISION cloud users worldwide during the second quarter of 2020.
After growing 26 percent in Q1, new Coinmining malware increased 25 percent over the previous quarter sustained by the popularity of new Coinmining applications.
McAfee said it counted 561 publicly disclosed security incidents in the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 22 percent from Q1.
Disclosed incidents targeting North America decreased 30 percent over the previous quarter. These incidents decreased 47 percent in the US, but increased 25 percent in Canada and 29 percent in the UK, McAfee said.