Lifehacker Australia reports on cyber attack trends they observed throughout 2017:

According to a new security report by Malwarebytes, Ransomware attacks were up ten-fold last year on the back of the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks. And the bad guys are spreading their resources with attacks using a number of there tools all on the rise. In short, it’s been a bad 12 months for those protecting systems and threat actors have reaped a bumper crop.

According to the Malwarebytes report, ransomware is now the fifth most common attack method. But a number of other attacks were also on the rise over 2017.

  • Ransomware (1000% increase)
  • Hijacker (522% increase)
  • Spyware (200% increase)
  • Worms (50% increase)
  • And while adware saw a modest 15% increase in 2017 over 2016, it remains the most prevalent form of malware the security firm found

Cryptojacking, where processor power is leached to mine cryptocurrencies, is a relatively new threat vector that emerged last year, with around 8 million drive-by attacks detected each day last September.

It should come as no surprise to see cryptojacking emerging as a significant threat. The rise in BTC value over the last four-to-six months has attackers looking to cash in however they can, and malware is the perfect vector for such crimes.