Grouped by category, the trends are:

    • Malware: Total global malware volume rose 11% in 2023, with Latin America (+30%) and the US (+15%) logging the biggest jumps in its analysis. Europe saw a (-2%) decrease, with the UK seeing a steep decline of -28%.
    • Ransomware: Overall ransomware numbers saw a -36% decline year-on-year, spiking 37% in the summer months and in the second half of 2023.
    • IoT exploits: The global volume of such attacks rose 15% in the sample data, as connected devices continued to multiply rapidly, and bad actors targeted weak points of entry as potential attack vectors into organizations.
    • Encrypted threats: These threats spiked 117% globally as threat actors opted for a stealthier, less risky means of malicious activities.