SonicWall Cyber Threat Report – Advancements in Deep Memory Inspection

PDFs, Microsoft Office files among top new file types
In 2019, SonicWall observed that most new threats are
based on malicious PDFs or Office files, followed by Archives.

PDF files are popular because they are searchable, can be viewed on any device, are easy to create and may be encrypted for security, password-protected and/or digitally signed for authentication.

Sonicwall Cyber Threat Report – Malware Variants Found by RTDMI

By forcing malware to reveal its weaponry in
memory, RTDMI proactively detects and blocks
mass-market, never-before-seen threats and
unknown malware, including attacks against
processor vulnerabilities and malicious PDFs and
Office files.

What are ‘never-before-seen’ malware variants?
SonicWall tracks the detection and mitigation of
‘never-before-seen’ malware.

Sonicwall Cyber Threat Report – Risks from Kits and Macros

New Exploit Kits Emerging
With of various cyber-criminal gang
members, some exploit kits (EK) have emerged to
replace older variants. But even the new EKs still
utilize fairly old Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash
vulnerabilities. Like their predecessors, they also are
mainly distributed via “drive-by-download” and
malvertizing campaigns.