80 Percent of Attacks in 2012 Were Redirects from Legitimate Sites…and 27 Percent of all Cybercrime was Linked to ‘Blackhole’ Exploit Kit
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – December 4, 2012 – Sophos today released its Security Threat Report 2013, a detailed and interactive assessment of what’s happened in IT security for 2012 and what’s expected for 2013–from the ever-growing bring your own device (BYOD) movement to the increasing adoption of (and uncertainty around) the cloud to countless other security challenges faced by organizations of all sizes. The full report is available for download here.
Year in Review
2012 was a year of new platforms and modern malware—what was once a homogeneous world of Windows systems, is now a landscape made up of diverse platforms. Modern malware is taking advantage of these trends, creating new challenges for IT security professionals.
The increasing mobility of data in corporate environments has forced IT staff to become even more agile. 2012 was also a retro year driven by resurgence in traditional malware attacks, specifically malware distributed via the web. For example, more than 80 percent of attacks were redirects, the majority of which were from legitimate websites that were hacked.
Malware Attacks: Riskiest and Safest Countries
Unprotected computers are vulnerable to different kinds of malware attack. Exposure to the majority, but not all, comes from simply clicking on links in emails or browsing web pages that happen to be carrying malicious code. Although some websites are created with the intention of infecting visitors, legitimate websites continue to be a popular target for cybercriminals, as once they are compromised, they will infect completely unsuspecting internet users. Based on analyzed traffic, SophosLabs, Sophos’ global network of threat intelligence centers, has ranked the riskiest and safest countries for experiencing a malware attack: