Saturday, February 09, 2008

Organised online onslaught...

Seems we need to take more care...I'd say so! There are varying reports of numbers from 'a doubling' to a ten-fold increase: the BBC reports that Security software testing organisation AV Test (see image - click to view in new window) recorded nearly 5.5 million unique samples of malicious software in last year - five times more than in 2006. Although the steep rise in incidents satrted a few years ago the real explosion in in malicious software started about 9 to 10 months ago...obviously Tony Blair's been keeping busy since last May! ;-)

 steep rise in malicious programmes

Simon Heron of Network Box said back in January, in response to a boom in cyber crime and "spear phising" (nice!) - compiling lots of bits of data to make the messages they send look much more convincing and targeting specific groups:

"...a few hundred people such as the senior managers in a large firm..."The bad guys are becoming more sophisticated and that means its becoming more difficult to stay safe"


Paul said...

It's funny but at work I don't get any malicious phising but my boss and a fellow manager get loads. We ran spybot on one of the machines and there was loads of stuff, now you have to bear in mind that it's not used for browsing the web just contacting HMRC and for e-mails. That means that an awful lot of e-mails must have dodgy attachments - we get about 7,000 e-mails a month and I would say that a third of them are dodgy.

Span Ows said...

That's interesting paul. We get the same and I'm one of the ones that scans evrey day at start-up and 'dredge' at least weekly to get rid of stuff. We put it down to the ampout of online time plus a plethora of different connections whilst travelling etc.