In the land of IT security, there is no better source for malware statistics than Microsoft, the company that has an antivirus engine running on almost all recent Windows operating systems.
A massive survey of nearly 1,200 IT security practitioners and decision makers across 17 countries reveals that half the people who fell victim to ransomware infections last year were able to recover their files after paying the ransom demand.
A study of 2,700 IT professionals across the globe has revealed that 54% of organizations suffered a ransomware attack in the last year, and most organizations were hit more than twice, with the average number of ransomware per attacks being two.
Windows 10 has surpassed Windows 7 for the first time, according to analytics firm StatCounter. In a presser released today, the company says that according to data gathered in January 2018, Windows 10 reached 42.78% in terms of worldwide internet usage, compared to 41.86% for Windows 7, and 8.72% for Windows 8.1,.
In 2017, the number of command and control (C&C) servers used for managing IoT botnets has more than doubled, going from 393 in 2016 to 943 in 2017.
A Fortinet report released this week highlights the importance of keeping secure systems up to date, or at least a few cycles off the main release, albeit this is not recommended, but better than leaving systems unpatched for years.
According to statistics released by Symantec today, the second most widespread Mac malware today is a cryptocurrency miner called DevilRobber, which saw a huge spike in activity last month.
The AV-TEST Security Report 2016/2017 published today is calling ransomware a "marginal phenomenon," highlighting that only 0.94% of all malware deployed in 2016 was a blackmail trojan.
Despite being an expanding threat, ransomware infections are rarely reported to law enforcement agencies, according to conclusions from the 2016 Internet Crime Report, released yesterday by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
The Cerber ransomware family has risen to take Locky's place at the top of the ransomware mountain after new Locky versions stopped coming out last year, and spam operations spreading Locky have slowed down to a trickle in 2017.
Android has become the most popular operating system on the Internet, taking the first place from Microsoft's Windows for the first time, according to analytics firm StatCounter.
The Stack Overflow yearly developer survey has become a tradition in the industry, and the place to get your bearings of popular or upcoming trends. This year, over 64,000 developers answered the survey, making this the largest such study.
In the month of October 2016, for the first time in history, traffic from mobile internet browsers surpassed traffic from desktop browsers, according to web analytics company StatCounter.