Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report volume 10 is the most comprehensive global threat report to date, with in-depth regional threat intelligence for 117 countries based on data from more than 600 million machines worldwide. The report highlights a polarization of cybercriminal behavior and an increasing trend of cybercriminals using "marketing-like" approaches and deception methods to target consumers.
"rom the latest report, we see these attacks being run like marketing campaigns and fake product promotions, especially during significant events that generate a lot of media attention. In the report, there are some key data points that indicate these tactics are on the rise," revealed Microsoft:
- Rogue Security Software was detected and blocked on almost 19 million systems in 2010, and the top five families were responsible for approx. 13 million of these detections.
- Phishing using social networking as the lure increased 1,200% -- from a low of 8.3% of all phishing in Jan to a high of 84.5% in Dec '10. Phishing that targeted online gaming sites reached a high of 16.7% of all phishing in June.
- Adware -- Global detections of adware when surfing websites increased 70% from the second quarter to the fourth quarter of 2010. This increase was almost completely caused by the detection of a pair of new Adware families, JS/Pornpop and Win32/ClickPotato, which're the two most prevalent malware in many countries.
"Advancements in security and general awareness of threats have a positive impact in protecting the broader online community. According to the National Vulnerability Database, vulnerability disclosures (counted by CVE) in 2010 across the industry are down 16.5% from 2009. Additionally, we continue to see that newer products are less susceptible to attack -- computers running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 showed the lowest infection rates. Overall, machines with more recent and complete service packs installed fared better than those with earlier versions. It's also notable that Windows 7 operating systems are infected only about half as often as Vista and Vista half as often as Windows XP. This data emphasizes the importance of upgrading to the latest software."
In this video we discuss how cybercriminals use marketing-like tactics to target consumers, how that can impact an organization, and provide guidance on how to stay protected.
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[Source: Microsoft on the Issue]