Targeted Cyber Attacks to Rise Further, Says Symantec

Tuesday Apr 5th 2011 by Staff

The security firm says Web-based attacks rose 93 percent in 2010.

Reuters: Security firm Symantec has released its annual threat review. The report claims than Web-based attacks rose 93 percent in 2010 and says the increase was largely due to the growing use of shortened URLs. "Last year, attackers posted millions of these shortened links on social networking sites to trick victims into both phishing and malware attacks, dramatically increasing the rate of successful infection," Symantec said.

In its predictions for the future, the company said that targeted attacks, like the Stuxnet virus incident, will continue to grow. It also says that attacks on mobile platforms will increase as well.

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