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Dell: Malware Attacks Doubled in Just 12 Months

Texastechpulse.com posted on February 22nd, 2016, quoting a report of Dell as stating, the surge in the SSL traffic use - the encrypted traffic between web browsers and applications and sites - is in fact hurting and not helping the security.

The report is prepared on the basis of data gathered in 2015 from the Dell SonicWALL Global Response Intelligence Defense (Grid) network and feeds of over one million firewalls, and tens of millions of connected endpoints, network traffic of Dell SonicWALL and various industry sources.

As per data of Dell Security, encrypted internet traffic usage increases substantially all through 2015, with an average rise of 53% every month over the relating month of 2014.

Dell Security General Manager, Curtis Hutcheson, said: several breaches of 2015 were successful as a weak link was found and exploited by the cybercriminals in the security programs of victims' because of outdated or disconnected point solutions which could not found these anomalies in their ecosystem.

Main trends found out by Dell Security which leave businesses at risk are the faster speed with which exploit kits are growing, the constant and rising use of cybercriminals hiding malware inside SSL/TSL encrypted traffic to infiltrate firewalls, and the constant increase of Android malware.

Four main trends are highlighted by Dell Security regarding exploit kits, including the use of forensic countermeasures like encrypting the malware payload, new landing page entrapment methods, new techniques of evasion such as changes in URL pattern and concealing infected files within benign ones. As per the company, malware attacks almost doubled in 2015 and reached 8.19 Billion, with applications for the mobile operating system of Android being the primary target, with many smartphones at risk worldwide because, mostly with regard to attacks on banking apps and other financial information along with ransomware.

It also forecasts that this will further increase to include attacks on Android Pay through malicious applications and Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals vulnerabilities in 2016.

Dell Security is not by any means the lone organization to have noticed the constant growth of Android malware, as IBM Security has noted the same trend in its X-Force Threat Intelligence Report, and Intel Security in its latest released Mobile Threat Report.

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