Exploits 'the malware delivery method of choice,' analysis shows

This week, Kaspersky labs released a malware report including an analysis of the easily exploitable, “extremely dangerous” vulnerability, Bash/Shellshock, that has caused waves of warnings across the cyber-security world. The research team also shed light on two unique cyber-espionage campaigns, Crouching Yeti and Epic Turla, that have successfully infiltrated high-profile targets across more than 45 countries in industries such as government institutions, embassies, military organisations and IT companies.

Meanwhile, Kaspersky told the press, non-targeted “mass attacks”— especially mobile malware which has been detected in 205 countries—have expanded across the globe at a tremendous rate, regardless of geographical location. Banking Trojan incidents alone have more than doubled over the course of 2014.

Despite the marked increase in use and effectiveness of web anti-virus modules, “it would be naïve to expect the use of explots to go down sharply,” Maria Garnaeva, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, remarked in a statement to the press. “Exploits remain the malware delivery method of choice in the case of targeted attacks,” she warned.