IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Data Breaches, Hacker Turf Wars, Major Security Threats of 2011 First Half

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-07-25 Print this article Print
Biggest Threats: Unpatched Software

Biggest Threats: Unpatched Software

Malware targeting Microsoft, Adobe and Java applications continued to be the biggest threats. Cyber-attackers weren't going after 0-days, as it was easier and just as lucrative to target unpatched programs using known (and fixed) vulnerabilities.
Back in December, eWEEK asked security experts to read the tea leaves and predict what 2011 would be like in the field of Internet security. No one expected 2011 to be the year of the data breach, but they correctly predicted the emergence of 64-bit malware and that the industry would increasingly collaborate with law enforcement to bust cyber-crime rings and shut down botnets. There were also signs of criminals fighting a turf war, for example, rival hacking groups trying to unmask members of Anonymous and a TDL-4 rootkit that's designed to remove competing malware from infected computers, Derek Manky, senior threat analyst at Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs, told eWEEK. Attackers are adopting better programming practices, including reusing portions of successful malware source code when developing new ones. Cyber-crime remains lucrative, as evidenced by the fact that recruitment is up, Manky said. Several security companies have recently released their midyear reports summarizing some of the Internet threat trends from the first six months of 2011. eWEEK pored over the reports and here are some of the significant insights from M86, Secunia and BlueCoat.

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