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Doctor Web’s annual virus activity review for 2021

January 21, 2022

Doctor Web presents its annual overview of malware activity for 2021. In the past year, online fraud has become one of the main threats to users, along with malware. The attackers mainly used the pandemic and public attitudes in every way possible in their tricks. Businesses and organizations continued to be targeted by cybercriminals for both enrichment and industrial espionage.

In 2021, the spread of malware was not only a massive threat to users but also the network fraud that was developing against the backdrop of the pandemic. Fraudsters actively used the topic of vaccination and social restrictions. At the same time, cybercriminals continued to use their well-known techniques: phishing, spam mailings, and social engineering methods. Malicious software also did not give up its positions in the past year and was actively spreading. According to statistics, Dr.Web anti-virus software most often neutralized various trojans, malicious scripts, miners, and other spying programs. Android mobile device owners didn’t go unnoticed either. The attackers actively distributed malicious applications using various means, including the Google Play catalog. Doctor Web virus analysts continued to investigate cyber incidents and study sophisticated malware for targeted attacks. Read about these and other events in the final malware activity review over the past year on our website.

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