Security Reports

Explore AppRiver Security Reports.

Global Security Report: End of Year 2019

Security Report
In 2019, Attackers continued to embrace malware distribution via URL While the distribution of banking trojans remained popular in 2019, we also saw a notable spike in ransomware as a secondary stage of infection. Attackers continued to evolve and improve their distribution methods and have begun widely embracing Living of the Land techniques to lend validity to their malicious campaigns.
Read More

Global Security Report: Mid-Year 2019

Security Report
In part of our 2018 Global Security Report predictions, we shared that we “expect to see more disruptive cyberattack events committed by Nation States that masquerade as financially motivated attacks.” While it remains to be seen if any of the recent attacks were ultimately the work of any nation state, the first half of 2019 has already been a record year for some very disruptive attacks which appear to be affecting municipalities at an alarming rate. 
Read More

Global Security Report - End of Year 2018

Security Report
In 2018, threat actors’ tactics, traits and techniques continued to morph while security solutions proved they had to be agile enough to evolve and respond just as quickly. While 2017 was defined by ransomware running rampant and large data breaches, we saw a shift to new, yet familiar tactics, being embraced by the adversary on a wide scale.
Read More

Global Security Report - Midyear 2018

Security Report
It is hard to believe we are more than halfway through 2018. Earlier this year, AppRiver security analysts Troy Gill and David Pickett released AppRiver’s annual Global Security Report that outlined the biggest threats of 2017. With the second half of the year underway, now is a great time to reflect on some of the cyberthreat trends AppRiver security analysts have seen in the first part of 2018.
Read More

Global Security Report: End of Year 2017

Security Report

2017 certainly pulled no punches in the world of cybercrime. We saw attackers continue to embrace many of their favorite tried and true tactics throughout the year. We also saw a noteworthy number of attacks leveraging previously unexploited vulnerabilities as well as taking advantage of known vulnerabilities on unpatched systems. We saw Conversation Hijacking Attacks gaining in popularity as attackers leveraged data stolen in phishing attacks. We also saw the resurgence of an old attack but with a new twist.

Read More

Global Security Report: End of Year 2016

Security Report

2016 was another tumultuous year in the realm of cybersecurity. Attackers leveraged many new attack vectors, as well as utilizing other tried and true methods that have been successful in the past, to net billions of dollars along the way. The victims of these attacks ranged across a broad spectrum from small business to some of the largest public and private organizations in the world.

Read More

Global Security Report: 2016 Quarter 3

Security Report

Each quarter, we release a Global Security Report that’s tracked the threat landscape of the preceding three months. Once again, malware traffic expanded for the fourth straight quarter with our security team noting 5.7 billion messages containing malware. Though the popular distribution file types for malware shifted this quarter, the bulk of malware traffic remained to be from ransomware. Botnet distribution of malware also remained a popular conduit.

Read More

Global Security Report: 2016 Quarter 2

Security Report

While spam email traffic is leveling off, email traffic has never been more dangerous. What used to be a constant stream of messages touting fake Rolex watches, male enhancement pills and pornography has now become a 24/7 deluge of ransomware, spyware, phishing, and other malware.

Malware activity continued to expand in the second quarter. While our research team saw a disruption from one massive botnet, the respite proved to only be temporary.

Read More

Global Security Report: 2016 Quarter 1

Security Report
As the 2015 Global Security Report predicted, malware has not slowed down over the first quarter. Largely due to companies failing to back up their files and install robust antivirus software, ransomware has hit a fever pitch in 2016, now being the main method for cybercriminals to make money in the cyber underworld.
Read More

Global Security Report: End of Year 2015

Security Report

It’s been another rough year for netizens. Many different groups of attackers utilized many different avenues in order to help part the innocent from their money and their data, with the two being almost synonymous at this point. Once again, like in 2014 (and as we have predicted for 2016), major breaches filled media headlines costing victims hundreds of millions of dollars.

Read More