'Malnets' behind two thirds of cyberattacks attacks in 2012
A growing army of malware delivery networks – ‘malnets’ – account for two thirds of all cyberattacks and most current technologies offer an inadequate response to the threat, security firm Blue Coat has argued in a new analysis.
Malnets are networks of compromised servers used to serve malware to PCs users either via tempting them to click on infected links or via drive-by clicks baited through Internet search. The technique is an old one but what is perhaps new is the automation being used to turn them into large, self-sustaining networks.
Most of the names on the company’s top five malnet list are so little known compared to botnets that to most people they probably sound like characters from the Skylanders videogame.
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