As we see the end of 2020 fast approaching, it has come to that time again when we look back on the year that was in terms of cyber threats. So, what do we see? As we sift through the data and examine the different behaviours and discover the year’s ugliest and most painful malicious payloads, we ponder on the worst of the worst. The nastiest malware of 2020!!
What is the nastiest malware of 2020?
During 2020, the pandemic year when the COVID-19 virus hit so did all the COVID related attacks come out in full force. Firstly, a lot of the malspam phishing lures used by malware were based around COVID-19. Most for example were lures referring to COVID safety guidelines, impersonating well know organisations such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, lures were also used to trick unsuspecting victims by using fake pandemic stimulus checks.
Plenty of the same old same old techniques, such as ransomware show their ugly head and continue to dominate the scene even while new examples of malware and cybercriminal tactics crop up each and every-day. Meanwhile many criminals have begun to combine their attacks to maximize their chances of success.
In the diagram below you will see many different types of malware some that can cooperate with one another in some way. Above all you will see how these ghoulish names are grouped and a learn a bit about how they work.
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