Off-the-shelf exploit toolkits provided the fuel to launch a record number of attacks last year, according to Symantec’s latest “Internet Security Threat Report.”
Released Monday, the report documented that Symantec products successfully blocked 5.5 billion “malicious attacks” in 2011, a surge of 81 percent over the previous year, with the number of malware strains rising to more than 400 million. Continue reading Spam is down, but malware is as hot as ever, Symantec finds
Eighty-five percent of all malware is web-based, and some 30,000 websites are newly infected with malicious code each day, according to Sophos’ “Security Threat Report 2012.”
The study (PDF), which polled 4,300 security professionals, found that while threats such as rogue anti-virus are dropping, there is an increase in drive-by downloads, by which users are infected with malware simply by visiting legitimate sites that have become compromised. Continue reading Study: BlackHole appears, Conficker remains
I came across this post titled “Revealed: The FBI Wants to Monitor Social Media” from http://mashable.com/2012/01/26/fbi-social-media-monitoring/.
The FBI is looking to develop a web application that can monitor social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, in order to gain better real-time intelligence about current or potential future security threats or situations.
This plan was inadvertently revealed by the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) in a market research request for a “Social Media Application.”
The eagle-eyed New Scientist picked up on the request, which aims to “determine the capabilities of the IT industry to provide a social media application.” Continue reading Whats your opinion! FBI to monitor social media