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February 11, 2020
In January, Dr.Web server statistics revealed an increase in the total number of threats by 0.53% compared with the previous month. The number of unique threats dropped by 5.06%. Malicious browser extensions and adware prevailed among malware and unwanted programs. E-mail traffic was still dominated by malware that exploits vulnerabilities found in Microsoft Office programs. With that, we saw a two-fold increase in the number of banking trojan detections — Trojan.SpyBot.699.
January also showed a downward trend in encoder activity. The number of user requests to decrypt infected files decreased by 24.02% as compared with December. Trojan.Encoder.26996 was the most active encoder, accounting for 18.48% of all incidents.
The most common threats in January:
In January, Doctor Web’s virus laboratory registered 24.02% fewer requests to decode files encoded by trojan ransomware than in December.
During January 2020, 97,166 URLs of non-recommended websites were added to the Dr.Web database.
|December 2019||January 2020||Dynamics|
|+ 162 535||+ 97 166||- 40.22%|
In January, the total number of detected threats on Android devices decreased by almost 13% compared to the previous month. At the same time, spyware and downloader trojans remain active.
During this month, Doctor Web virus analysts detected several new modifications of Android.Joker in Google Play. These trojans subscribe victims to paid services and download additional malicious components. Cybercriminals distributed them under the guise of harmless software — games, cameras, image galleries and other similar programs.
The following January events related to mobile malware are the most noteworthy:
Find out more about malicious and unwanted programs for mobile devices in our special overview.
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