Bitdefender 2017 global e-threat landscape – key findings

Data breach statistics from aggregators globally paint a gloomy picture of the cyberspace we inhabit. More data records were leaked or stolen in the first half of 2017 than in all of 2016, and the future is looking just as bleak. Luckily, users have plenty of solutions to choose from to secure their data and privacy.

As 2017 draws to a close, Bitdefender is releasing a fresh set of data looking at the most prevalent cyber-attacks and the malware employed to conduct them. Chief among these e-threats: ransomware.

Ransomware ‘in-chief’

Taking the lion’s share as the most frequently-encountered threat, different ransomware families grew to 160+ this year alone, with dozens or (in some cases) even hundreds of variations per family. The most prolific ransomware strains this year were Troldesh / Crysis and GlobeImposter.

One in six spam e-mail messages comes bundled with some form of ransomware – either the malware itself is present in the

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