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Thursday, December 10, 2009

CA Inc: CA Report: Fake Security Software, Search Engines and Social Networks 2009’s Top Internet Th

The latest State of the Internet 2009 report issued today by CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) states that the most notable 2009 online threats were rogue/fake security software, major search engines, social networks and Web 2.0 threats.

‘Cybercriminals have made a business out of conducting attacks on the most popular online destinations because they promise the highest payoff,’ said Don DeBolt, director of threat research for CA’s Internet Security Business Unit.

Search engines, like Google and Yahoo, or social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook, have the mass appeal to attract these criminals.  In addition to Internet security software, the best weapon against today’s threats is education, so that consumers know what to look for when they are conducting activities online.’

- Search Index Poisoning: Google is a frequent target of online threats.

Attackers employ sophisticated search engine optimizations to manipulate search engine rankings and poison users’ search results, which direct them to compromised Web sites that can cause malware infections.

In 2009, CA ISBU discovered more than 100 components and mutated strains belonging to the Win32/Koobface family.

http://www.quote.com/news/story.action?id=MTO344u0283

Posted on 12/10
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