Ransomware Still the Top Malware Threat During 2018 According to Europol

According to Europol's 2018 edition of the Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), ransomware maintains its supremacy as the key malware threat in most EU member states, while cryptojacking is becoming more and more prevalent.

"The Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) aims to inform decision-makers at strategic, policy and tactical levels in the fight against cybercrime, with a view to directing the operational focus for EU law enforcement," says Europol's report.

Regarding the ransomware threat, just like in the case of other malware types, Europol discovered that as soon as the malware tools are simpler to obtain and they become increasingly sophisticated and powerful, the attacks are slowly moving to the business sector which provides threat actors with higher payouts.

Moreover, because cryptojacking requires a lot fewer resources and comes with... (read more)

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