Study Reveals Cybersecurity Threats Across Microsoft Windows OS In 2021 Have Reached Over 100 Million

A study reveals that over 100 million cybercrime threats were made against Windows and its userbase in the year of 2021 alone.

Much like advertisements, cybercriminals keep on evolving and getting better. The exponential rate, however, seems to be much higher for the latter than the former. With phishing attacks getting ever so creative, involving webpages that look more and more authentic, with SMS strains that emulate faux companies perfectly, and with scam emails that have gone from looking like a robot wrote them to sweeping along thousands of individuals per year. There is quite honestly no quick solution to cybercrime, since there are far too many different ways of going about doing it, and tracking perpetrators across the wide expanse of the internet is difficult, to say the least.

Microsoft typically divides cybersecurity threats into thirteen different categories: backdoors, downloaders, droppers, exploits, hack tools, macro viruses, obfuscators, password stealers, ransomware, rogue security software, Trojans, Trojan clickers, and worms. These separate categories help developers pin down and deal with deficiencies in their security according to the threat that invaded the operating software’s borders. However, it really does seem like they’re fighting an uphill battle nowadays, considering just how prevalent cybersecurity threats continue to be across the OS.

Data analyzed by AVTest revealed that not only were threats in 2021 recorded across a whopping 107.28 million unique and separate instances, the growth in threats has been increasing at a steady rate of 23% year over year since 2012. Not only does this imply an alarming amount of malware present across Microsoft devices and app stores, since malware is typically involved in cybersecurity breaches, but it may also imply that cybercriminals are taking a more team-based approach towards their entire career line.

Attacks are much easier to mediate if they’re both team based, and occurring simultaneously. Hackers working together in communities also means that prices for attacks such as spear phishing or even smishing have become ridiculously affordable, as compared to earlier times. At this point, any teenager with two weeks’ worth of savings from his part time job could potentially cause a lot of damage with the right contacts. It’s almost like cybercriminals decided to unionize in the face of rising instability and heightening security measures. It would almost be heartwarming if it weren’t also, well, illegal.

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