Historically, summer is the time of year when hacks and malware scams drop in volume and intensity, mostly because people are on holiday and not as active online as the rest of the year.
However 2023 seems to have bucked this trend, with adware, malvertising, spyware, and other forms of malicious activity spiking in the months from July to August, according to a report from Avast, which reported that during this period, its tools blocked more than a billion attacks every month, which is a new record.
One of the key reasons for this switch in trends is the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) which makes attacks easier to set up, and more potent. Jakub Kroustek, Avast Malware Research Director, said the team was “blown away” by the results of the research. “Apparently the days of cyberthreat seasonality are long gone with the increased use of AI and advanced tools at the fingertips of cybercriminals.”
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