Symantec released the Internet
Security Threat report for the first time this year.
The report traced hacker behavior and the patterns of
attacks. The report also ranked countries in terms of
cyber attacks and vulnerability.
The report contained some key
- A six percent decrease in
the level of total targeted cyber attacks, this refers
to directed attacks on specific targets and excludes
worm and blended threat activity, which are indiscriminate
- 81.5 percent increase in
computer vulnerabilities in 2002.
- The most damaging recent
blended threats, like CodeRed, exploited vulnerabilities
for which vendors had created patches long before
the threat emerged. This reinforces the need for companies
to improve their security configuration and patch
- 80 percent of all attacks
were launched from computers located in only 10 countries
and the tier one list of attacking countries included
South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.
- Power and energy industries
experienced the highest rate of attack and severe
event incidence compared to any other industry.
- India ranked 16th in terms
of overall volume of attack activity over the past
six months accounting for one percent of the attacks.