The threat landscape in the first quarter of 2019 has shown that threat actors are not slowing down anytime soon. Attacks have grown by 11% compared to Q1 2018, according to researchers1 from PT Security. From healthcare to fast food to social networks to government to online games, it seems that no vertical industry is immune to attacks.

One thing in common with many of these attacks, is that they involve the delivery and installation of malware in order to steal information from victims. While cybersecurity professionals continue to hone their defenses against attacks, threat actors continue to innovate their malware tools and take steps to attempt to hide their actions from unsuspecting end users and security tools. 

During the first months of 2019, threat actors have continued to innovate existing malware tools and increase the creativity with how they “hide” their malicious attempts. 

The BluVector Threat team has observed two themes in Q1 2019’s observed threats: the rapid innovation of existing malware tools and an increase in the advancement by the threat actors to elude detection. 

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