SEATTLE, June 27, 2017 PRNewswire WatchGuard Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced the findings of its quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores the latest computer and network security threats affecting small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises. Among its most notable findings, the report revealed that despite an overall drop in general malware detection for the quarter, Linux malware made up more than 36 percent of the top threats identified in Q1 2017. This attack pattern demonstrates the urgent need for heightened security measures to protect Linux servers and Linux dependent IoT devices.
The WatchGuard report also shows that old threats are reappearing and macro based malware is still prevalent. Spear phishing attempts still rely on malicious macros hidden in files including Microsoft s new document format, while attackers also still use malicious web shells to hijack web servers. It appears that PHP shells are alive and well, as nation state attackers have been evolving this old attack technique with new obfuscation methods.Other findings in the WatchGuard report include: