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Malwarebytes Report Confirms the Change in Tactics of Cybercriminals During Covid-19

 

Malwarebytes, an American security firm announced the findings of its annual ‘State of Malware’ report, this report explored the working methodology of employees and cybercriminals. Work from home was the new normal during the Covid-19 pandemic wherein many companies altered their working methodology and started working remotely.

The notable change was in the working methodology of the threat actors, they were more focused on gathering intelligence, and exploiting and preying upon fears with targeted and sophisticated assaults. Last year, threat actors targeted many high-profile firms and popular personalities which included hacking the accounts of famous personalities such as Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk; attacking FireEye and SolarWinds via supply chain and the Marriott hotel which recorded theft of the records of 5.2 million guests.

Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes stated, “this past year has taught us that cybercriminals are increasingly formidable, planning long-term, strategic, and focused attacks that are sometimes years in the making. 2020 continued to show us that no company is immune, and there is no such thing as ‘safe enough’.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic compounded this with new challenges in securing remote workforces, making it essential that we quickly become more adaptable and learn how to better protect workers in any environment. While our total detections are down this year, we must remain vigilant. The threats we are seeing are more refined and damaging than ever before”, he further added.

Last year, Malwarebytes observed an overall drop of 24 percent of Windows detections across businesses and an 11 percent drop for clients. In total, there was a 12 percent drop in Windows detections across the board. However, Mac detections for businesses surged to 31 percent, 2020 also witnessed the growth of Android malware called FakeAdsBlock, which produced an alarming number of non-stop ads, accounting for 80,654 detections.

HiddenAds was discovered to be the most common mobile adware application, this trojan attacks users with ads, and nearly 704,418 malicious activities were reported with an increase of nearly 150 percent year-over-year.

Malwarebytes offers pirates a free one year license

Software companies have been serving the general public for years. But in this process, starts the raging war between the companies and the so-called "crackers" who try to counterfeit genuine products in order to promote piracy.

This creates a loophole in the distribution part of the products. This battle has seen some technical advancement in preventing counterfeiting of the services.

While Microsoft has implemented a product activation procedure for the Windows Operating system and its Office suite, some of the premiere gaming company have a registration process into their servers in order to activate the game, declining which the game becomes unavailable for playing. Yet, there is a continuous struggle amongst the "cracking " society to crack the softwares for free access and piracy.

While this struggle has accelerated with time, a company has finally decided to allow the vicious pirates to gain legit access to their product. Malwarebytes, a premium security firm has initiated Amnesty, a program to enable the users who have procured the serial key from piracy dealers or have downloaded it from the internet, to reissue their security key for free. This reissued key will provide the user with premium access to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for a period of 12-months.

The company states that the internet has good pioneers as well as bad pirates. While the pioneers work hard day and night in order to provide users with state of the art services, pirates try to dupe people into buying pirated versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

"Amnesty program has initiated providing free replacement keys to the premium customers who have been facing inconvenience because of pirated keys or software abuse for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware".

To ease it up, you can start by downloading the latest version of Anti-Malware Premium(direct link to download). Once you are done with the installation, the activation setup is initiated, where you have to enter your illegal activation key and proceed. This redirects you to the dialog box which gives you the option to select "I’m not sure where I got my key, or I downloaded it from the Internet". The company then issues you with a new key along with a 12-months free premium membership.

This has been started by Malwarebytes, who are providing one of the best security suites and anti virus tools in the market.