Web threats increase by more than 130% at the end of 2021
Web threats reached 59,478 unique malicious URLs in September 2021, resulting in 319,497 total threats. In October, the number continued to increase slightly to 60,440 unique malicious URLs, accumulating 361,184 visits.
November and December combined accumulated 133% more web threats than September and October. November’s 84,470 unique malicious URLs turned into 833,924 total web threats. Additionally, unique malicious URLs were observed in December at 93,999, aggregating 749,956 threats.
Black Friday and Christmas sales in November and December influenced the rapid increase in web threats. Cybercriminals are particularly active during these seasons as they target e-commerce websites to steal customers’ personal information.
Cybersecurity Editor at Atlas VPN Vilius Kardelis shares his thoughts on web threats:
“The web threat landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. Smart devices and high-speed mobile networks have enabled an always-connected route of malware, fraud, and other compromises. The main concern that continues to pose new security and privacy risks is the lack of caution when using the web.
– Most Popular Web Threats
Cybercriminals can use different types of web threats to target user devices.
Of a total of 628,725 crypto miner threats, 59,550 were unique malicious URLs. Web miners that operate in Internet browsers require substantial CPU resources, which makes computer usage extremely slow.
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