From the Actrix Online Informer June 2012

Internet security report

by Rob Zorn

Internet security giant Symantec, the company that developed Norton Anti-Virus, has released its annual report on the state of internet security. The report is over 50 pages long, so we've summarised some of the more interesting parts. You can read the full report here.

Interesting points include:

  • In 2011, the number of vulnerabilities decreased by 20 percent. A vulnerability is a weakness in an operating or security system that acts as an access point for a virus or hacker to infiltrate and cause damage.
  • Mobile vulnerabilities increased by 93 percent in 2011.
  • The number of malicious attacks continued to skyrocket by 81 percent.
  • More than 5.5 billion malicious attacks were blocked.
  • The number of web attacks blocked per day increased by 36 percent to 4,595.
  • The number of unique malware variants, or different types of viruses, increased to 403 million.
  • Spam levels dropped to their lowest level in three years, from 62 billion in 2010 to 42 billion in 2011.
  • 75 percent of emails sent in 2011 were spam.
  • Personal information (identities) relating to 232.4 million people was exposed, with hacking responsible for 80 percent of these.
  • For every data security breach, an average of 1.1 million identities were exposed.

Symantec has made a short video that sums up their findings, which you can view here.



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