According to the latest security report published by Symantec, a leading provider of computer security solutions, the frequency of malware attacks in 2008 increased by a striking 200 percent.
In its report titled “Symantec Internet Security Report for 2008”, the security firm claims to have logged over 1.6 million new threats signatures which nearly account for 60 percent of all signatures that it has created till date.
The report also mentions of an increase in botnet activity along with creation of more command and control servers by cyber criminals.
It also goes on to add that there is a possible risk from smartphones in near future as many companies which are otherwise covered at the desktop level may not have security policies for smartphone access to back end systems.
Symantec also attributes an increasing number of virus and phishing attacks on web pages created by non technical users who typically use commercially available “do it yourself” web page creation software.
Elaborating on the topic, Alfred Huger, a vice president at Symantec mentioned that "More people are putting up Web sites without a strong background in programming; the main goal of attackers is to get (viruses) on your computer. They will go after any vulnerabilities, and the less professional sites are easier."
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Symantec's data makes for some sorry reading. The more web-aware we are, the more elaborate attacks seem to be according to the security outfit and that's not all. The type of malware being deployed is also very different from scenarios encountered a decade ago. Malware seems to be more intent on causing less damage to computers and more to the users.
(The Wall Street Journal)