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ESET Threat Report for the 3rd quarter of 2020
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ESET Threat Report for the 3rd quarter of 2020

ESET has published the Threat Report for the 3rd quarter of 2020, which summarizes the key statistics recorded by ESET tracking systems and the most important findings from ESET cyber security surveys, as well as data published for the first time.

The exhibition and its findings were presented during a virtual event entitled "ESET European Cyber ​​Security Day - Towards a Secure Post-COVID Future".

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According to the ESET report, after months of exploiting the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercriminals appear to have returned to their usual tactics in the third quarter of 3. However, one of the areas where risks remain particularly high is remote work.

ESET telemetry showed a further increase in Remote Desktop (RDP) attacks, which increased throughout the first half. While the number of unique users targeted by cybercriminals increased by at least a third, the total number of attacks attempted increased by 140%.

"The steady rise in RDP attacks may be due to the growing number of systems that do not have a secure internet connection during the pandemic, or possibly the entry of other cybercriminals who are modeled on RDP-targeted ransomware gangs," Jiří said. Kropáč, Head of ESET Threat Detection Labs.

Other key trends in the third quarter were the resurgence of malicious cryptominers, the return of the malicious Emotet botnet after months of inactivity, and the rise of Android banking malware following the leak of the infamous Cerberus trojan source code.

The ESET Threat Report for the 3rd quarter of 2020 also examines the most important findings and achievements of ESET researchers. Among other things, they uncovered more Wi-Fi chips that are vulnerable to press vulnerabilities KrØØk, exposed Mac malware in conjunction with a cryptocurrency trading application, discovered the malicious CDRThief software targeting Linux VoIP softswitches, and investigated KryptoCibule, a triple threat to cryptocurrencies.

The exclusive research presented in the ESET Threat Report for the third quarter of 3 includes campaigns that exploit malicious MAXScript, the spread of Latin American banking trojans in Europe, the new activity of the TA2020 team and a look at the Gamaredon Group's updated arsenal.

In addition to these findings, the report summarizes a number of virtual presentations made by ESET researchers in the third quarter, provides information on new contributions scheduled for the next quarter, and provides an overview of ESET contributions to the MITRE ATT & CK knowledge base.

You can read the whole report here.

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