Education Top Target for Adware and Trojans

Education Top Target for Adware and Trojans

Education’s greatest cybersecurity threat is the openness of its networks, according to a company that produces anti-malware software. According to a new analysis of its customer data, Malwarebytes has found that the education sector was the largest target for adware and trojans, and second among verticals for being hit with ransomware. Forty-three percent of threats on education devices were identified as adware, 25 percent as trojans and 3 percent as backdoors.

The analysis was done between January and June 2019 on devices identified as being in education settings around the world and running Malwarebytes’ on-premise programs and cloud services. While the focus was on findings for the first half of 2019, the company also examined data collected in 2018 to understand the threat landscape of the 2018-2019 school year.


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