Cyber-crooks jacked-up their attempts to hack into systems last month.
The monthly threat landscape report from Fortinet says hackers exploited close to twice as many vulnerabilities as usual in January. A breakdown in InfoSecurity says hackers took advantage of 61 percent of new vulnerabilities – compared to a typical exploitation rate of between 30 and 40 percent.
Fortinet’s researchers say new exploit codes are readily available. And since not everyone has up-to-date signatures or patches that’s leaving a lot of systems vulnerable.