Exploits, Malware and Botnets

  • Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

As outlined in Fortinet’s Q4 Threat Report the focus is on these 3 trends: exploits, malware, and botnets. Highlights of the report:

  • 6 out of 12 exploits target IoT devices
  • Manipulation of opensource malware tools
  • 10% increase of exploits per firm

Exploits: Detected exploits are a result of poor patching practices. The exploits are long known vulnerabilities that have patches available yet the organization has not applied them. This leaves them open to attack.

Malware: Two main areas of malware trends include adware and cryptomining (cryptojacking).

Botnets: Botnets are detected post-compromise. Once the attacker has taken control of a device it can be used for a variety of malicious activity. It can participate in DDoS attacks, gather private information, and download and spread more infections.


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Cryptomining Malware