EUROPOL published IOCTA 2018

EUROPOL published its Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2018, which provides an overview of past and future trends of cybercrime in Europe. According to the report, ransomware is the key malware threat in 2018. Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are still one of the most frequent types of cyber-attacks. An emerging cybercrime trend is cryptojacking and as criminal abuse of cryptocurrencies grows, currency users and exchangers become targets of cyber criminals. Payment fraud is dominated by card-not-present fraud and online criminal markets are unstable but will continue to exist. The significance of social engineering for cybercrime continues to grow.  The amount of online Child Sexual Exploitation Material continues to increase. Islamic State (IS) continues to use the internet to spread propaganda and to inspire acts of terrorism, but its sympathisers are not skilled enough to create cyber-attack tools.