Hackers attack businesses, blogs and Web 2.0 sites

IT security and control firm Sophos has published new research into the first six months of cybercrime in 2008. The Sophos Security Threat Report examines existing and emerging security trends and has identified that criminals are increasingly using creative new techniques in their attempt to make money out of internet users.

  • Website infection rate three times faster than 2007
  • Sophos has identified that the number one host for malware on the web is Blogger (Blogspot.com), which allows computer users to make their own websites easily at no charge.
  • Business websites attacked, office workers at risk, Web 2.0 introduces new threats
    Thousand of webpages belonging to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and schools have been infected, putting visiting surfers at risk of infection and identity theft. High profile entertainment websites such as those belonging to Sony PlayStation, Euro 2008 ticket sales companies, and UK broadcaster ITV are amongst the many to have suffered from the problem.
  • Attacks via email file attachments, however, have reduced in 2008. Only one in every 2,500 emails examined in the first six months of 2008 was found to contain a malicious attachment, compared to one in 332 in the same period of 2007.

Complete article at http://sophos.com/pressoffice/news/articles/2008/07/security-report.html

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