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Monday, June 03, 2013

Targeted attacks on the rise

There has been a significant spike in instances of the Koobface social networking worm and a dramatic increase in spam, according to the McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2013. McAfee Labs has also found continued increases in the number and complexity of targeted threats, including information-gathering Trojans and threats targeting systems’ master boot records (MBRs). In the company’s latest study, it found almost three times as many samples of Koobface as were seen in the previous quarter, which is a high point for the social networking worm that targets Facebook, Twitter and other social networking service users. But the increase in the number and sophistication of targeted advanced persistent threats (APTs) represented the most notable evolution in the threat landscape, as information becomes as valuable as money on the cybercrime landscape. The report found a 30 percent increase in MBR-related malware and new instances of password-stealing Trojans being repurposed to capture information on individuals and organisations beyond the financial services industry.


One significant element behind this growth in North America was the return of ‘pump and dump’ spam campaigns, which targeted would-be investors hoping to capitalise on all-time equity market highs.


Each quarter, the McAfee Labs team of more than 500 multidisciplinary researchers in 30 countries monitors the global threat landscape, identifying application vulnerabilities, analysing and correlating risks, and enabling instant remediation to protect enterprises and the public.


Koobface, a worm first discovered in 2008, had been relatively flat for the last year yet it tripled in the first quarter of 2013 to levels never previously seen.


McAfee’s latest analysis of the Citadel Trojan found that criminals have re-purposed the bank account threat to steal personal information from narrowly targeted victims within organisations beyond financial services.


New PC malware samples increased 28 percent, adding 14 million new samples to McAfee’s malware “zoo” of more than 120 million unique malware threats.


Link: http://networking.cbronline.com/news/targeted-attacks-on-the-rise

 

Posted on 06/03
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