Wednesday, 19 December 2012

2012- the Year of Java Vulnerability

Security was among the top IT concerns in 2012. Mac-targeted malware has shown a significant increase. The Android OS has faced a big number of threats with 99% of mobile malicious attacks targeting at the platform . Half of all attacks used  Java as their gateway, making 2012 'the year of Java vulnerability'. Canada ranked 10th in the top 20 malware hosting countries, hosting 1.2% of all attacks ( US hosted 25%). These were some of the findings from the Kaspersky Security Bulletin: The Overall Statistics for 2012 report. 

Here are some more interesting facts that are pointed out in the report.

  • The most frequently used technique for attacking users online is exploiting vulnerabilities in programs or applications. Oracle Java received 50% of the attacks, while Adobe reader took its share of 28%.
  • The number of new malicious applications has increased rapidly: in the first half of 2012 Kaspersky Lab recorded an average number of 125,000 new malware daily. Toward the end of the year this figure has climbed up to 200,000. 
  • Servers located in the United States were the most frequently used to host and deliver malicious objects (25.5% of all incidents). In 2010, the majority was hosted in China. 
  • Canada is placed in the 'high  risk' group in the web attacks chart. 

What will security look like in 2013? Every year, as technology grows and changes, malicious attacks catch up rapidly widening their coverage to newly introduced platforms and devices. Do you think 2013 might be any different?

1 comment:

  1. I believe it will not be any different as most anti virus software is constantly playing catch-up with the newest threats. There will always be opportunists that take advantage of loop holes.