There has been a significant spike in instances of the Koobface social networking worm and a dramatic increase in spam, McAfee Labs said after releasing its McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2013.
In Q1 2013, the amount of unsolicited correspondence in email traffic grew slightly (+0.53 percentage points) and averaged 66.55%, while spammers began using more insidious tricks, according to Kaspersky Lab.
Data breaches – security incidents where user information becomes publically exposed or stolen – are a serious issue for an organization. The exposure of customer data can lead to a loss of confidence in the organization by its users, said Symantec.
The October Symantec Intelligence Report finds that scammers are taking advantage of Instagram’s popularity which has recently crossed the 100-million user mark. The scammers are approaching it from a variety of angles, in much the same way as they have on other social networks, Symantec said in a statement.
In a report by Kaspersky Lab, the Philippines ranked seventh out of 20 countries with a share of 2.8% in spam distributed to the United States. Incidentally, it is the United States that was the main source of distributed spam, ranking first with a share of 39.2%, followed by China with 9.1%, Brazil with 6.6% and India with 3.7%.
Mobile malware continues to rise in the Asia Pacific region as smartphones, especially Android-based devices, are so popular, according to the ‘Q2 APAC Threat Landscape’ report released recently by security specialist Trend Micro Inc.
Asia is the new breeding ground for e-mail spam as it accounts for half the total volume being relayed around the world, according to Sophos.
The June 2012 Symantec Intelligence Report shows that 36% of all targeted attacks (58 per day) in the last six months were directed at businesses with 250 or fewer employees, compared with 18% at the end of December 2011.