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Webroot Finds Windows® 7 is Becoming Even Riskier, Infections up by 71%

Also, Phishing Attempts Seen by Webroot Increased by 400%

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Webroot, a Carbonite (CARB) company, shared the results of its Webroot® Threat Report: Mid-Year Update, which explores the evolving cybersecurity landscape. Based on trends observed in the first half of 2019, Webroot found that 1 in 50 URLs are malicious, nearly one-third of phishing sites use HTTPS and Windows® 7 exploits have grown 75% since January. This report also highlights the importance of user education, as phishing lures have become more personalized as hackers use stolen data for more than just account takeover.

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Explore the Webroot Threat Report: Mid-Year Update:

Key Report Findings:

  • Hackers are using trusted domains and HTTPS to trick victims.
  • Phishing continued rapid growth into 2019, and criminals are expanding their phishing targets.
  • Phishing lures are becoming increasingly personalized as more PII is collected from breaches.
  • Windows 7 is becoming even riskier, with infections increasing by 71%.

Key Quotes:

Tyler Moffitt, Senior Threat Research Analyst, Webroot
"We are beginning to see hackers create more personalized phishing emails using data gathered in recent massive breaches, as well as the use of HTTPS and trusted domains to seem more legitimate. These tactics take advantage of familiarity and context, and result in unwarranted trust. Businesses and consumers need to be aware of and continually educate themselves about these evolving methods and risks to protect their data and devices."

Additional Resources

The Mid-Year Update is an extension of the annual Webroot Threat Report, which examines emerging threats and cybercrime trends from the previous year, and shares perspectives and predictions for the future.

About Webroot
Webroot, a Carbonite company, harnesses the cloud and artificial intelligence to protect businesses and individuals against cyber threats. We provide endpoint protection, network protection, and security awareness training solutions purpose built for managed service providers and small businesses. Webroot BrightCloud® Threat Intelligence Services are used by market leading companies like Cisco, F5 Networks, Citrix, Aruba, Palo Alto Networks, A10 Networks, and more. Leveraging the power of machine learning to protect millions of businesses and individuals, Webroot secures the connected world. Webroot operates globally across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Discover Smarter Cybersecurity® solutions at webroot.com.

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About Carbonite
Carbonite provides a robust data protection platform for businesses, including backup, disaster recovery, high availability and workload migration technology. The Carbonite data protection platform supports businesses on a global scale with secure cloud infrastructure. To learn more, visit www.carbonite.com and follow us on Twitter at @Carbonite.

Carbonite, Inc. serves customers through three brands: Carbonite data protection, Webroot cybersecurity, and MailStore email archiving.



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