Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
Symantec Internet Security Threat Report reveals that cyber espionage attacks are hitting the manufacturing division and small businesses more and more in order to steal online informational data. Small businesses are the most attractive targets and a primary step to ultimately attack larger companies. Aside from that, consumers are always subject to constant mobile threat.
Attacks are growing more among businesses that have less than 250 employees. 31 percent of the total attack is targeted to the small businesses. More attacks are targeted to the small organizations because they are supposed to be of less security controlled.
In 2012, manufacturing was in the top of the target list. Symantec believes that the manufacturing divisions and the knowledgeable workers are being the prime target because the cyber criminals think that they have valuable intellectual property in their possession.
Mobile malware increased up to 58 percent last year and 32 percent of them tried to steal information like phone numbers and email address.
In addition, 61% of websites that have been infected with malware and malicious code are legitimate websites. Shopping, technology and business were three of the top five which were infected. Another growing infection is malvertisements which is applied when the criminals purchase advertising space on legal websites and make a use of it when they need to keep their attack code secret.
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