5 Ways Malware is Changing

November 7, 2016

Malware, or malicious software, is a family for cybersecurity threats. Malware includes spyware, viruses, adware, worms, Trojans, keyloggers, and other unwanted programs. Notably, this year, malware has targeted and successfully infiltrated energy companies. Where malware used to target individuals, now 70-90% of malware targets organizations. Although still not as common as phishing, malware poses a threat to small businesses. Here are five ways it is changing:

  1. Growing

The sheer number of malware attacks is steadily rising. More and more types of malware are being created to try and penetrate firewalls and other cybersecurity measures, also. As these numbers continue to grow, it is important to know the signs of a malicious software on your device.

  1. Sophistication

Malware, like many other forms of cybersecurity threats, is becoming more and more sophisticated. As security measures change, so do hackers’ tactics.

  1. No trace

More and more forms of malware are being engineered to penetrate air-gapped systems and leave no trace that they were ever there. Without even an inkling that malware has been installed on a computer, hackers are able to take their time and get the sensitive data they are searching for.

  1. Mobile Devices

Mobile devices are being targeted more than they have been in the past. With all of the data many of us keep on our smart phones and tablets via apps, it is a gold mine for hackers. Your bank information, work and personal email, social accounts, online accounts, and even health information can often be found on your mobile device.

  1. Detection tools

While the engineers behind malware work hard to infiltrate devices everywhere, malware detection tools will improve as well. Machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, is a big part of that evolution. These computer programs are able to learn without being specifically programmed, meaning they can grow and change when they attain new data.