The Five Biggest Malware Attacks of 2017

In 2017 the cybersecurity landscape has been dominated by Ransomware. Several business organizations are paying millions of dollars to get encrypted files unlocked. The attacks happened in the form of 64% malicious emails (Lily Hay, (2017)). They were sent through Q3 and there are many major Identity Theft campaigns that are not slowing down.

The attacks in the past years have hijacked computers accord the world and they are spreading some new infection that is hard to get rid of. This is the reason cybersecurity authorities are working hard to assure that they can get rid of such issues as soon as possible. However, as the strength of security is increasing so are the hackers developing their technology. They cybercriminals will keep exploiting the vulnerabilities in the systems using different malicious ways.

However, recently the internet users have been educated to assure that they can protect their platforms from such attacks. According to the latest statistics here we have the top 5 worst malware attacks of 2017. (Lily Hay, (2017)


The Data Fraud started as the fake software update in Ukraine. It was a tax software that infected millions of computers in more than 100 countries. The system only took few days to cover such a huge area. Several firms were affected by the system in the US and it caused several Data Fraud and financial damage to the companies. In Q3 alone there was company Giant Merck that had to face a loss of $300 million. Soon the track reached the amount of Q4.


It is one of the most devastating attacks in the history. Identity Theft attacked affected hundreds of

  • Machines
  • Banking systems
  • Infrastructures
  • Law enforcement agencies

It started with exploiting the servers of Microsoft and from it, the virus spread to different systems. There was a special kill switch in the virus that attacked and took control of the system. (Steve Morgan, (2017))


Across the malware families, it is the top payload in terms of ransomware. It has been the most popular strain in 2016 and corrupted most of the systems in 2017 (Nathan Cranford, (2017). There are two new Data Breach variants of the system that has been introduced that are Lukitus and Diablo. They have gained importance in 2017. The threads are using the same phishing email attack vector that is used to initiate the exploit. Once started it is hard to control.


This virus spreads through hacking in remote desktop services. The person that is attacked manually installs the Digital Identity virus. It started last year in New Zealand and Australia. It is a common way used to deploy the virus is any system. It will allow the cybercriminals to compromise the administrator, so they can control the machines of the organizations. There have been 200 master keys introduced that will allow the victims to unlock and decrypt their systems. (Selena Larson, (2017))


This hacking family has been active since 2015 and they made their biggest attack this year. you will get a shipping invoice in the email that will soon control your system.

In Conclusion— Protect yourself

If you want to protect your computer and files from Digital Identity theft it is important that you follow safety tips introduced by the authorities. Make sure that you stay away from the scam emails and unknown links because they are the biggest source of transferring virus into your system. To protect your system, you have to take every step wisely. Remember that Identity Theft and Data Breach issues are common these days. It only takes few seconds for the hackers to collect your complete information. They can use your Digital Identity for different illegal tasks that can cause issues for you.


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