Cybersecurity company CYREN (NASDAQ: CYRN) recently reported in its second annual CYREN Cyberthreat Yearbook that an average daily emails of 2.5 billion it tracked in 2014 contained URLs of malware, software intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.
The cyberthreat yearbook, released in early March 2015, reported that this is almost 50% from the average number of 1.69 billion emails it analysed and found with malware distribution n the previous year.
The yearbook also reported that there was a 30% decline in the average daily amount of spam from 78.2 billion to 54.6 billion. Of the spams it analysed, 42.34% was pharmacy related – the most frequent topic followed by job offers.
In introducing the report, CYREN Chief Technology Office Lior Kohavi states: “In December, CYREN observed its largest email attached malware outbreak for the year, with 10.7 billion emails sent on the 18th of the month, followed by another 10.7 billion malware-embedded emails on the 23rd. Malware URLs tracked by CYREN in the GlobalView Cloud increased by 159% to 1.06 million in 2014.”
In 2014, high-profile breaches, like Home Depot and Sony Entertainment, made headlines.
According to reports, the Sony hack was “the most mediatized cyber-crime incident last year, as millions of employee details, e-mails and credentials were leaked online” which allowed “people to find out addresses, names, salary information, work information, family information and conversations about secret projects or undisclosed products.”
Contrary to beliefs that cyber criminals are only targeting the “big guys”, the yearbook reported that enterprises of all sizes are now besieged by cybercrime.
In 2014, CYREN analyzed more than 5 trillion Internet transactions giving the company a unique insight into cybersecurity.
A copy of the yearbook can be obtained here. You will have to fill out a form and then wait to receive in your email inbox the link to down the document.