The number of threats on the internet are growing at an alarming rate, a report from McAfee Labs released today found. According to the company's research, the amount unique password-stealing Trojans grew 72% in the company's fourth quarter. The company also found that most phishing attacks still target financial institutions, but are spreading their wings to target other sectors like online auctions and gambling.
Among the report's other findings:
In the 1990s, client-server was king. The processing power of PCs and the increasing speed of networks led to more and more desktop applications, often plugging into backend middleware and corporate data sources. But those applications, and the PCs they ran on, were vulnerable to viruses and other attacks. When applications were poorly designed, they could leave sensitive data exposed.
In 2012, we saw increased worries about nation-state-sponsored cybercrime, mobile security, and the resurrection of an old tactic: the venerable denial-of-service attack. On the heels of my “Five Myths About The Cloud That Will Be Debunked in 2013” post, here are five security predictions for the coming year.
There has been a lot of discussion this year about the increasing influx of consumer devices being used for both professional and personal purposes. Many organizations are feeling a little overwhelmed as they try to work out appropriate security levels and device management boundaries. When you take into consideration all the platform and application updates chewing through corporate bandwidth, plus the potential for rogue applications and malware to gain illicit access to company data, there are many headaches for security managers to deal with.
FinFisher, a controversial spyware toolkit being used by oppressive regimes to track activists, can also take over smartphones, researchers announced last week.