McAfee Corp. (NASDAQ: MCFE) has published the McAfee Threats Report: June 2021. The report has assessed the cybercriminal activity associated to malware and the development of cyber threats in the first quarter of 2021. The firm disclosed that in the Q1 it has experienced cyber rivals shift from low-return, mass-spread ransomware campaigns toward fewer, customized Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) campaigns aiming larger, more profitable businesses.
A propagation in 64-bit CoinMiner applications propelled the growth of cryptocurrency-generating coin mining malware by 117%. In addition to this, an increase in the growth of new Mirai-based malware variants drove boosts in malware targeting Internet of Things (55%) and Linux (38%) systems.
Furthermore, McAfee evaluate the state of the cyber threat environment based on in-depth research, investigative analysis, and threat data collected by the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence cloud from over a billion sensors across multiple threat vectors around the globe. MCFE disclosed that Ransomware dropped by 50% in Q1.
The Q1 of 2021 experienced the volume of new malware threats average 688 threats per minute, a boost of 40 threats per minute over Q4 2020. Moreover, McAfee traced a 54% rise in widely related cyber incidents aimed at the technology sector during the first quarter of 2021. The Education and Financial/Insurance sectors has experienced 46% and 41% increases respectively, whereas registered incidents in Wholesale/Retail and Public Sector dropped by 76% and 39% respectively.