Symantec Corp. released the latest Internet Security Threat Report which concludes that cyber criminals are increasingly becoming more professional – even commercial – in the development, distribution and use of malicious code and services.
While cybercrime continues to be driven by financial gains, cyber criminals are now utilizing more professional attack methods, tools and strategies to conduct malicious activity.
Additional key findings:
- Credit cards were the most commonly advertised commodity on underground economy servers, making up 22% of all advertisements; bank accounts were in close second with 21%.
- Symantec documented 237 vulnerabilities in Web browser plug-ins. This is a significant increase over 74 in the second half 2006 and 34 in the first half of 2006.
- Malicioius code that attempted to steal account information for online games made up 5 percent of the top 50 malicious code samples by potential infection.
- Spam made up 61% if all monitored e-mail traffic, respresenting a slight increase over the last six months of 2006 when 59% of email was classified as spam.
- Theft or loss of computer or other data-storage medium made up 46% of all data breaches that could lead to identity theft.
The semi-annual Symantec Internet Security Threat Report volume XII covers the six-month period from January 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007.