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Ransomware attacks increased by an astonishing 485% in 2020 compared to 2019. Remarkably, nearly two-thirds (64%) of the ransomware attacks took place in the very first 2 quarters of 2020.

It has also been revealed that proprietary operating systems utilized in IoT tools comprised 96% of all found susceptibilities, while a 335% surge in Smart TELEVISION vulnerabilities occurred compared to 2019.

Researchers also looked at exactly how malicious actors utilized social engineering strategies in 2015.

Android was especially heavily targeted to spread malware and malicious apps this way, experiencing a 32% growth in reported threats during the 2nd half of 2020. Many of these involved impersonating popular video conferencing software and medical applications, particularly throughout the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For example, April as well as May accounted for 14% and 12% of the total number of Android reports last year.

A huge rise in potentially unwanted application reports was also detected by the researchers, up by 320% year-on-year.

While these will not always necessarily be malicious, they can impact user experiences by slowing down systems, displaying unexpected ads or even installing additional software.

In addition, a 189% year-on-year increase in vulnerabilities in network-attached storage (NAS) devices was observed.

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