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April 13, 2020
In March, analysis of Dr.Web’s statistics revealed a 12.51% increase in the total number of threats compared to the previous month. The number of unique threats increased by 8.75%. Users were mostly threatened by malware browser extensions, unwanted programs and adware. Email traffic was still dominated by the Trojan.SpyBot.699 banking trojan and malware that exploits vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office programs.
In March, the number of user requests to decrypt files affected by encoders increased by 7.63% compared with February. Trojan.Encoder.26996 was the most active encoder, accounting for 32.60% of all incidents.
The most common threats in March:
In March, Doctor Web’s virus laboratory registered 7.63% more requests to decode files encoded by trojan ransomware than in February.
In March 2020, Doctor Web added 186 881 URLs to the Dr.Web database of non-recommended websites.
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In March, Dr.Web’s statistics for Android devices confirmed an almost 21% increase in the total number of threats on protected devices compared to February. Doctor Web virus analysts uncovered new threats on the Google Play catalog. These include another modification of the Android.Joker family, which subscribe victims to paid services and download additional malicious components, and a new malware called Android.Circle.1. Controlled by the attackers, this trojan displayed ads and loaded websites, imitating users’ actions.
The following March events related to mobile malware are the most noteworthy:
Find out more about malicious and unwanted programs for mobile devices in our special overview.