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AppRiver Releases 2016 Year-End Global Security Report

GULF BREEZE, FL, FEBRUARY 13, 2017—Botnets are making malware and spam campaigns more accessible than ever, noted AppRiver in its 2016 Global Security Report. Botnets’ range is considered to be primarily behind the escalation in malware activity—which clocked in at 15.5 billion malicious emails and 30.4 billion spam emails during 2016. The report also includes metrics from Web-borne threats, reporting an average of 40 million unique threats daily throughout the second quarter.

The report notes that in addition to traditional hardware like personal computers, the Internet of Things (IoT) delivers a new catalogue of devices that can be hacked for nefarious purposes. Smart watches, mobile phones, and smart assistants offer botnets millions of more devices that can be used to deliver their malware campaigns, or even to gather data on unfortunate consumers.

“When Mirai was used to take down Dyn last year, it cast a light on the lack of security protecting IoT devices,” said Troy Gill, manager of security research, AppRiver. “At inception, most devices are created with convenience and fun in mind, not all of the ‘what-ifs’ behind security vulnerabilities. This leads to many security vulnerabilities in the devices, which of course are exploited by hackers.”

The report also includes predictions for 2017, including:

  • Acts of cyber aggression will become the new front lines between nation states
  • Mobile malware will become a household name
  • IoT botnets will continue to wreak havoc
  • Ransomware will continue to be the most prolific threat on the Web
  • New legislation will be passed to give more investigative powers to law enforcement

To prevent malware attacks, AppRiver recommends organizations have the following systems in place:

  • Antispam and antivirus solutions, including protection against Web-borne malware
  • Routine, mandatory software updates so that known vulnerabilities are patched
  • Double authentication procedures as a safeguard against “whaling” and other highly targeted attacks
  • Formal security policies and ongoing training to keep employees up to date and aware of their individual role in protecting company networks


AppRiver has included more detail on these attacks and statistics within its Global Security Report. To read the full report and watch AppRiver’s security analysts’ round table discussion on its findings, visit


About AppRiver

AppRiver offers cloud-based cybersecurity and productivity services to 47,000 companies worldwide, with more than 10 million mailboxes under its protection. Launched in 2002 as a spam and virus filtering company, AppRiver has since added Web malware protection, email encryption, secure archiving and email continuity to its suite of security services. The company is also among the world’s top providers of Office 365 and Secure Hosted Exchange. All services are offered on a pay-as-you-use basis with a free, fully supported 30-day trial and 24/7 US-based Phenomenal Care™. Easy, effective and affordable solutions – backed by white-glove customer care – have enabled the company to maintain an annual 93-percent customer retention rate. AppRiver is headquartered in Florida and maintains offices in Georgia, Texas, New York, Switzerland and Spain. To learn more, visit AppRiver online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter