Stories by Maria Korolov

Criminals release fewer new types of malware last year, double down on ransomware

Cybercriminals have been producing fewer new kinds of malware last year -- but that's because they're so busy raking in the money from their ransomware attacks. The number of unique malware samples discovered last year was 60 million, down 6.25 percent from last year's 64 million. The total number of malware attack attempts also fell, from 8.2 billion to 7.9 billion. This was also the first year that the company has seen attack attempts fall.

Maria Korolov | 08 Feb | Read more

Is antivirus getting worse?

Anti-virus software is getting worse at detecting both known and new threats, says a new report. Average detection rates for known malware went down a couple of percentage points slightly from 2015 to 2016, while detection rates for zero-days dropped in a big way.

Maria Korolov | 20 Jan | Read more

How to get fired in 2017: Have a security breach

There are many reasons why IT professionals can be fired, but six out of the top nine are related to security. Fireable offenses included failing to modernize a security program, data breaches with unknown causes, data breaches that do not become public, and the failure of a security product or program investment.

Maria Korolov | 19 Jan | Read more

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