PandaLabs Releases Second Quarterly Report of 2017

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The research arm of Panda Security announces in-depth cybersecurity report for historic Q2; The second quarter of the year has seen two of the largest cyberattacks in history: WannaCry and GoldenEye/Petya; PandaLabs detected a 40% increase in devices targeted by unknown threats than in the previous quarter

Percentage of devices attacked in each country - Top 10 and Bottom 10

Cyberwarfare: WannaCry and Petya have shown us that government agencies won’t hesitate to carry out large-scale cyberattacks, and that anyone on the internet could end up becoming a collateral victim of such attacks.

PandaLabs, the anti-malware laboratory at Panda Security has released their second quarterly report for 2017. The report presents a rundown of the three most harrowing months in cybersecurity in recent years.

The Quarter in Numbers

This quarter has been defined by two major attacks: WannaCry and GoldenEye/Petya. The first infected over 230,000 computers in May and caused losses of between one and four billion dollars. The second, a sort of aftershock of the WannaCry earthquake, ended up affecting companies in more than 60 countries despite appearing to target primarily Ukraine.

The attack data analyzed by PandaLabs on all devices protected by one of Panda Security’s solutions shows a 40% increase in attacks from unknown threats from the previous quarter. If we look at the type of client, home users and small businesses make up 3.81% of attacks, while in the case of medium and large companies the figure is 2.28%.

Cybersecurity Trends

  • The most sought-after exploits are “zero-day” vulnerabilities, which by definition are unknown and which allow attackers to compromise computers even if their software is updated.
  • Cyberwarfare: WannaCry and Petya have shown us that government agencies won’t hesitate to carry out large-scale cyberattacks, and that anyone on the internet could end up becoming a collateral victim of such attacks.
  • Ransomware is still on the rise, and will continue to be as long as there are victims willing to pay.
  • Lost or stolen data is a problem that is occurring more and more frequently due to human error or negligence.
  • IoT and Smart Cities: hyper connected cities that are made up of networks of millions of devices will increase the overall reach of attacks, and the consequences will be more costly and more severe.

Traditional security solutions are not capable of dealing with attacks in which non-malicious tools and other advanced techniques are used. It is imperative to use security software appropriate to the level of threat that we are facing, such as Panda’s own Adaptive Defense.

To view the full report, visit the Panda Security media center or click here – PandaLabs Quarterly Report: Q2 2017.

About Panda Security
Panda Security is the leading Spanish multinational in advanced cybersecurity solutions and in systems management and monitoring tools. Since its inception in 1990, it has consistently maintained a spirit of innovation and marked some of the most important advances in the world of cybersecurity.

Currently, the development of advanced cybersecurity strategies is the core of its business model. Panda Security has a presence in more than 80 countries and products translated into 23 languages, with over 30 million clients worldwide.

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