2021 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index Reveals Peril From Linux Malware, Spoofed Brands and COVID-19 Targeting

2021 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index Reveals Peril From Linux Malware, Spoofed Brands and COVID-19 Targeting

From the front lines of incident response engagements to managed security services, IBM Security X-Force observes attack trends firsthand, yielding insights into the cyber threat landscape. Every year, X-Force collates billions of data points to assess cybersecurity threats to our customers. 


This report — the X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2021 — represents our latest edition of that yearly assessment. It covers data and findings from January to December 2020 and is meant to assist organizations in understanding current threats and how they evolve, assess risk and prioritize cybersecurity efforts. Research found Linux-related malware threats rising rapidly, threat actors actively spoofing top technology brands and shifting tactics emerging in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. 


This year’s report includes data from multiple IBM teams, including X-Force Threat Intelligence, X-Force Incident Response, X-Force Red, IBM Managed Security Services and IBM Trusteer, as well as IBM collaborators, such as Quad9 and Intezer. The following are some of the top findings from this data.


Cyber Criminals Take a Page From the Hybrid Cloud Playbook


Linux operating systems power 90% of the cloud workload, providing the backbone of cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructures. With cloud services enabling organizations with greater flexibility, efficiency and strategic value for their data, the demand for cloud computing is growing every year. Cyber criminals are taking note and recognize that cloud environments present opportunities for them as well. In particular, they are investing more time and effort into cr ..