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Research Finds Unusual Increase In Malware

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A new research has found unusual increase in malware, as cyber criminals find new avenues to attack.

WatchGuard Technologies on Tuesday released its quarterly Internet Security Report for first quarter. The report says malware detections in the first quarter surged a massive 62% from previous quarter.

The report says cyber criminals are leveraging a wide array of varied attack techniques, including malicious Microsoft Office documents, Mac malware and web application exploits.

"The key findings from this latest report illustrate the importance of layered security protections in today's advanced threat landscape," said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard Technologies.

"Whether it be DNS-level filtering to block connections to malicious websites and phishing attempts, intrusion prevention services to ward off web application attacks, or multi-factor authentication to prevent attacks leveraging compromised credentials - it's clear that modern cyber criminals are leveraging a bevy of diverse attack methods and the best way for organizations to protect themselves is with a unified security platform that offers a comprehensive range of security services."

In the first quarter over 17% of Fireboxes blocked malicious Office documents, with over half of these malicious documents were blocked in EMEA, largely in Eastern European countries.

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