Symantec threat report
in its semi-annual report has identified new methods of using malicious code
for financial gain with increasing frequency to target desktops rather than
enterprise perimeters. The report found a rise in the exposure of confidential
information resulting in financial loss of credit card information or banking
Attackers are moving away from large, multipurpose attacks on network
perimeters and toward smaller more targeted attacks directed at Web and client-side
applications, says Arthur Wong, Vice-president of Symantec Security Response
and Managed Security Response and Managed Security Services.
As the threat landscape continues to change, users need to be diligent
in keeping systems up-todate with security patches and security solutions,
According to the report, phishing attacks continue to proliferate. The volume
of phishing messages grew from an average of 2.99 million a day to 5.70 million.
One out of every 125 e-mail messages scanned by Symantec Brightmail anti-spam
was a phishing attack. There has been a 100 percent increase in phishing attacks
Some of the other findings of the report are:
An analysis of future and emerging trends concluded that an increase in the
number of attack threats directed at wireless networks is likely.