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September 16, 2020
The August analysis of Dr.Web’s statistics revealed a notable decrease in the total number of detected threats — by 67.16% compared to the previous month. The number of unique threats dropped by 9.85%. Adware and malware installers still made up the majority of detected threats. Email traffic was still dominated by the programs that exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office programs. In addition, users were threatened by malicious HTML documents that were distributed as attachments and redirected users to phishing websites.
In August, the number of user requests to decrypt files affected by encoders decreased by 2.5% compared with July. Trojan.Encoder.26996 was the most active encoder, accounting more than a quarter of all incidents.
The most common threats in August:
In August, Doctor Web’s virus laboratory registered 2.5% fewer requests to decode files encoded by trojan ransomware than in July.
In August 2020, Doctor Web added 174,501 URLs to the Dr.Web database of non-recommended websites.
|July 2020||August 2020||Dynamics|
|+ 198,467||+ 174,501||- 12.08%|
In August, Doctor Web malware analysts detected new threats on the Google Play catalog. Numerous modifications of the Android.FakeApp family were among them. This trojans were distributed under the guise of reference software with bogus information about how to get a VAT refund and social benefits. In fact, they downloaded fraudulent websites used by attackers to steal money and personal information from victims. In addition, our specialists uncovered another modification from dangerous Android.Joker trojan family. It downloaded and ran arbitrary code, as well as subscribed Android users to paid services.
The following August events related to mobile malware are the most noteworthy:
Learn more about malicious and unwanted programs for mobile devices in our August overview.
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