Cisco has released their Midyear Security Report. As it is 41 pages long, you may not have had the time to read it as yet.

The major discoveries that are included in this report are:

  • Exploits of Adobe Flash vulnerabilities are increasing. They are regularly integrated into widely used exploit kits such as Angler and Nuclear.
  • Angler continues to lead the exploit kit market in terms of overall sophistication and effectiveness.
  • Operators of crimeware, like ransomware, are hiring and funding professional development teams to help them make sure their tactics remain profitable.
  • Criminals are turning to the anonymous web network Tor and the Invisible Internet Project (I2P) to relay command-and-control communications while evading detection.
  • Adversaries are once again using Microsoft Office macros to deliver malware. It’s an old tactic that fell out of favor, but it’s being taken up again as malicious actors seek new ways to thwart security protections.
  • Some exploit kit authors are incorporating text from Jane Austen’s classic novel Sense and Sensibility into web landing pages that host their exploit kits. Antivirus and other security solutions are more likely to categorize these pages as legitimate after “reading” such text.
  • Malware authors are increasing their use of techniques such as sandbox detection to conceal their presence on networks.
  • Spam volume is increasing in the United States, China, and the Russian Federation, but remained relatively stable in other regions in the first five months of 2015.
  • The security industry is paying more attention to mitigating vulnerabilities in open-source solutions.
  • Continuing a trend covered in the Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report, exploits involving Java have been on the decline in the first half of 2015.

Click here to download the full report.