Intel Security has launched its quarterly McAfee Labs Threats Report, revealing key cyber-attack developments over the third quarter of 2015.

Key threat areas outlined in the report include:

  • Weak security coding practices for mobile apps can expose data: Malware strains are being designed to take advantage of poor mobile app coding connecting mobile apps to back-end service providers – two mobile banking Trojans were able to intercept over 170,000 SMS messages of more than 13,000 banking customers, stealing credit card numbers and executing fraudulent transactions
  • Fileless malware becoming more stealthy: The report looks at how malware which leaves only the tiniest trace – or none at all – on disc is able to enter the IT system in the first place as this malware becomes increasingly difficult to detect and stop
  • Return of macro malware: A fourfold increase in macro detection was registered over the last year, reaching the category’s highest growth rate since 2009 – this increase is a result of increasingly sophisticated spearphishing campaigns which fool enterprise users into opening malware-bearing email attachments

Further Q3 2015 Threat Statistics calculated by McAfee Labs’ Global Threat Intelligence (GTI) network include:

  • Threats: An average of 327 new threats were detected every minute, or more than 5 every second
  • Suspect URLs: More than 7.4 million attempts were made to entice users into connecting to risky URLs (via emails, browser searches, etc.)
  • Ransomware: McAfee Labs saw a 18% increase in ransomware samples in Q3 – the total number of ransomware samples grew 155% from Q3 2014 to Q3 2015
  • MacOS Malware: Four times as much Mac OS malware was registered in Q3 than in Q2 – most of which resulted from one single major threat

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