Nuspire’s latest threat report data showed an increase in all three of the threat classifications it studies – malware, botnets and exploits – with many threat actors leveraging older tactics. In Nuspire’s webinar reviewing its findings, Josh Smith, Cyber Threat Analyst for Nuspire, and Justin Heard, Threat Intel & Rapid Response for Nuspire, reviewed the key data and trends they uncovered and offered actionable tips to combat current cybersecurity threats.
Malware Activity Increased 4.76%
VBA agents imitate legitimate Microsoft Word or Excel files with a lure attempting to trick the end-user into enabling macros. Once enabled, the macros activate a malicious script that contacts the command-and-control server to download an additional payload on the victim’s machine.
“VBA agents are one of the top issues we’ve seen for a while, accounting for nearly 30% of all malware variants we witnessed,” said Josh. “However, Microsoft recently announced plans to block macros by default on Office products files from the internet, and coincidentally, we saw VBA agent activity decrease at the same time.”
“This could potentially be a result of the decrease in VBA agent usage, and that cyber attackers are shifting tactics” he said.
“While malware being on the rise is concerning, it’s important to remember that we can do…