Threat Report Shows Dramatic Increase in Threat Activity with Exploits Growing Nearly 150%


Nuspire Q2 2022 Threat Report Provides Data and Insights on Malware, Exploit and Botnet Activity

COMMERCE, Mich., August 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — nuspireda leading managed security service provider (MSSP), today announced the release of its Quarterly Threat Report for the second quarter of 2022. The report describes new activities and cybercriminal tactics, techniques and procedures ( PTT).

Nuspire data reveals a significant increase in overall threat activity across malware, botnets and exploits. Malware events increased by more than 25%, botnets doubled in the first quarter, and exploit activity increased by nearly 150%, supported by the Log4j vulnerability.

“We saw an astonishing escalation in threat activity in the second quarter, and while that’s no surprise given the increase in attack opportunities like remote working, it’s still a disturbing development that we cannot ignore,” said JR Cunningham, chief security officer at Nuspire. “Attackers have always looked for the easiest way to take advantage of their targets, and as basic attacks like phishing continue to work, it’s clear that organizations need to reinforce core security practices like patching and training. It’s also critical that organizations conduct regular reviews of their security programs to guard against a steady stream of potentially serious disruptive threats.”

Other notable findings from Nuspire’s Q2 2022 Quarterly Threat Report include:

  • VBA agent activity, which has been a top offender over the past year in Nuspire’s Quarterly Threat Reports, declined significantly as expected last quarter, due to Microsoft’s announcement block them by default.
  • A substantial increase in botnet activity towards the end of the second quarter, attributed to the Torpig Mebroot botnet, which is a banking Trojan designed to harvest and collect credit card and payment information from infected devices. Torpig Mebroot is particularly difficult to detect and remove, as it infects the master boot record of the victim machine.
  • Manufacturing is the most attacked vertical sector in the world. Our data shows that the LockBit ransomware gang and Dynamite Panda (APT18) were two of the most prevalent threats to the manufacturing industry in Q2.

“Organizations continue to struggle to balance the need to protect against an avalanche of threats and the simultaneous need for employees to properly manage digital sovereignty requirements,” said Craig Robinson, vice president of research for security services at IDC. “That’s why we’re seeing the market become more receptive to more and better internal security training. This, combined with tools like multi-factor authentication and endpoint detection, as well as ‘to services such as MDR, can make all the difference in an organization’s security posture.’

Learn more about protecting your organization against increasing cyber threats and download Nuspire’s Q2 2022 Quarterly Threat Report.

About Nuspire

Nuspire is a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), offering Managed Security Services (MSS), Managed Detection and Response (MDR), Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) that supports best-in-class solutions EDR and Cybersecurity Advisory Services (CSC) which includes incident preparedness and response, threat modeling, digital forensics, technology optimization, posture assessments and more. Our self-service, technology-independent platform, myNuspire, enables greater visibility across your entire security program. Powered by self-healing always on Nuspire Cyber ​​X Platform (CXP), myNuspire will help CISOs alleviate the pain associated with tech sprawl, provide intelligence-based recommendations, solve alert fatigue, and will help their customers become more secure over time. Our in-depth team of cybersecurity experts, award-winning threat intelligence, and three 24/7 Security Operations Centers (SOCs) detect, respond to, and remediate advanced cyber threats. Our customer base spans thousands of businesses, from medium to large enterprises, spanning multiple industries and geographic footprints. For more information, visit and follow us on LinkedIn @Nuspire.

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