McAfee: Malware up, Spam down

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McAfee reported their Q3 Threat Report on security issues on the web. The bottom line is malware is up, way up and spam is down. In fact, “an average of 60,000 new pieces of malware identified per day, almost quadrupling since 2007″ while spam hit a 2-year low.

“Our Q3 Threat report shows that cybercriminals are not only becoming more saavy, but attacks are becoming increasingly more severe,” said Mike Gallagher, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Global Threat Intelligence for McAfee. “Cybercriminals are doing their homework, and are aware of what’s popular, and what’s insecure. They are attacking mobile devices and social networking sites, so education about user activity online, as well as incorporating the proper security technologies are of utmost importance.”

McAfee makes some interesting points in the Q3 report. Many of the things we love about the net, things like Twitter and URL shorteners, can also be used against us. Twitter provides an endless stream of trending topics for them to pounce upon. URL shorteners disguise where a link is sending would-be clickers.

Read the full report (PDF): [McAfee]

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