A report released by internet security firm Symantec has claimed that fake internet security software continues to remain the primary source affecting computers the world over.
Hackers are apparently succeeding in exploiting the rising concerns of internet security among web users, by claiming to offer the 'ultimate' solution to all their virus problems.
Symantec also warned that Brazil had moved up to the third slot on the the list of countries that were being targeted by cyber attacks, which include 'malicious activity' such as spam and viruses.
The list was topped by US on the first place with China following on the second spot. International cyber attacks have emerged as a major cause of concerns after the spat between China and internet company Google who accused the Chinese of attacking its internal systems.
The Symantec report also indicated that as more and more Mac users were using online cloud storage systems to store there data, cyber criminals were having a field day hacking into the cloud and infecting Mac desktops and laptops.
However, Symantec stressed more on the epidemic of fake antivirus software, which lure web users into downloading the malicious software by flashing a warning sign on their screen, claiming to have detected virus on their computer systems.
Fake security applications are a massive threat even if it hasn't been widely advertised. Sunbelt Software was one of the first to regularly publish accounts of fake applications that ironically make users' computers even more vulnerable.
(The Globe and Mail)
(The New New Internet)