Malwarebytes, provider of endpoint protection solutions, shared the results of its annual report on the state of malware, specifically called The conclusions of the study, which were reported in 2019, are somewhat unexpected.

In particular, this year’s report by Malwarebytes highlights that Mac threats would grow faster than their Windows counterparts for the first time ever. Even, cybersecurity company has recorded almost twice as many Mac threats detected by endpoints as Windows threats.

In addition, Malwarebytes noted that cyber criminals continued to focus on corporate targets with a diversification of types of threats and attack strategies in 2019.

The Trojan-botnets Emotet and TrickBot returned to action in 2019, with organizations as targets, along with new ransomware families such as Ryuk, Sodinokibi and Phobos. In addition, a wave of new hacking tools and registry key disabledrs made their debut among the main Malwarebytes surveys.

This, the cyber security company highlights, highlights the greater sophistication demonstrated by today’s cyber-attackers that aim at companies.

Adware has been particularly problematic for consumers and companies on Windows, Mac and Android devices, with aggressive techniques to advertise, hijack browsers, redirect web traffic and become extremely difficult

Among other main evidences of the report, Malwarebytes detected an average of 11 threats per Mac endpoint in 2019, almost twice the average of 5.8 threats per Windows endpoint. Total threats to Mac have increased by over 400 percent, year by year.

Business surveys continued to grow: global business threats increased by 13 percent in 2019 to around 9.6 million.

Emotet was the second threat to the most highly-held companies in Malwarebytes in 2019, and TrickBot also experienced huge growth, with 52 percent growth in business surveys, year-on-year.

Ransomware is rampant, warns Malwarebytes, and has targeted cities, schools and health organizations with greater vigour in 2019. Also beware of adware, which has increased, year after year, by 13% for consumers and by 463 percent for companies.

Pre-installed malware has become pervasive: the highest mobile threat for Malwarebytes in 2019 was a set of powerfully unwanted programs (PUPs) pre-installed. These auto installers are supplied with Android devices and are used to update your phone’s firmware, but also act to acquire and sell personal information.

Credit card skimmers, or Magecart, were one of the most widespread web threats in 2019. Malwarebytes expects Magecart’s business to continue in 2020 with multiple e-commerce platforms being targeted.

The service sector, according to the report, has surpassed education and retail, winning the little-field top among the sectors affected by threats in 2019. Among these, in particular the managed service providers (PSMs), which are used to target their customers network.

More information about the report is available on the Malwarebytes website.

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