Increasing the proportion of online spying and attacks aimed at small businesses increased by 3-fold

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Increasing the proportion of online spying and attacks aimed at small businesses increased by 3-fold

Symantec today published its report on online security threats No. 18, and the report indicates that the high proportion of targeted attacks by 42% during the year 2012 compared to the previous year. And increases the concentration of these attacks, designed to steal information and data on the manufacturing sector companies and small businesses, as the proportion of attacks that target these sectors 31% of the total targeted attacks. And small companies represent attractive targets for attacks, particularly as it ultimately represents an outlet for attacks on larger companies as well. In addition, users are still vulnerable to attacks aimed at obtaining funds and targeted attacks on mobile devices, particularly via the Android platform for smart phones and portable devices.

On this occasion, said Johnny Karam, Regional Director, Symantec Middle East and African countries of French-speaking: “The report shows private security threats over the Internet that there are no indications of a slowdown or decline in the proportion cyber crimes, especially with the quest to invent new ways to steal information institutions of all sizes . And is accompanied by the complexity of the attacks, which appear today with the complexity of the IT infrastructure of the information used, such as virtualization technologies and techniques phones and cloud computing, which imposes on the institutions follow the methodology of proactive protection and the application of security standards check “defense in depth” to stay safe from threats. ”

About the Middle East countries in the report:
UAE:

Change the world rankings for the UAE in the field of security threats total ranked from 46 in 2011 to rank 40 in 2012.
Emirates came in second place in the Middle East in the proportion of counterfeit sites and ranked fourth in the percentage of malicious code and the code spam issued.

Egypt:

Decline in global classified in the proportion of spam and fake websites.
Came first in the Middle East in the number of malicious software code, also resolved among the top ten in the world.
Ranked second in the Middle East in the field of security threats overall, behind Saudi Arabia.

Qatar:

Decline in global classified in various online security threats, whether they are spam or malicious software code or viruses Bots.
Been classified VII in the Middle East in the proportion of malicious software code, and IX in total security threats.
Been classified VIII in the Middle East in the proportion of viruses, came the transport sector and services at the forefront of Qatari companies in this area.

Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia ranked first in the Middle East in the field of total security threats.
Saudi Arabia ranked second in the world and first in the Middle East in the proportion of spam during the year 2012, has jumped to this position after being ranked 19 in the world in the year 2011.
Decline in the rankings of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in all security threats, such as malicious code and code counterfeit sites with the exception of spam.
Saudi Arabia came in second place in the Middle East in the proportion of malicious code code, and third in the proportion of counterfeit sites.

Highlights in the report of the Special Symantec online security threats No. 18:

Small companies are less immunity against the party threats:

The rate of increase in targeted attacks aimed at small businesses with fewer than 250 employees for employees is the largest of its kind, has acquired these companies alone accounted for 31% of the total targeted attacks, ie, that percentage has increased three times compared to 2011. And small businesses feel that they are safe from attacks, which tempt attackers access to the details of the bank accounts of these companies and their customers data and information, and hurt attackers focus on small businesses due to the lack of security measures and secure infrastructure.

The proportion of attacks across the web by 30% during the year 2012, and accounted for web-piercing small businesses the source of many of these attacks, it has been using these sites as a starting point for the construction of large-scale attacks new according to the technique known watering hole, in this case targeting attackers sites Internet as sites or blogs small companies controlled by them, and so in the knowledge that the victim to visit these sites frequently. When the victim’s visit to the site is loaded penetrating attacks on his computer a subtle manner. In this regard, the team emerged fraudulent famous «Elderwood Gang» Elderwood Gang who succeeded in targeting the 500 Foundation during only one day during the year 2012. In such case, the attackers exploiting weak security measures for a company to circumvent the other companies that have better security procedures.

Sector manufacturing companies and workers accredited in their knowledge are the main targets of the attacks:

Manufacturing Companies sector headed the list of the main objectives of the attacks to replace the government sector during the year 2012. Symantec believes that the increase in attacks targeting supply chains behind this new trend, as seen attackers to contractors in this area as attractive and easy targets for attack, especially with the possession of valuable information. This often leads tracker manufacturing companies in the supply chain to access to sensitive information for larger companies.

According to the new report is no longer executives destination the most prominent of the attack, but the focus has shifted during the year 2012 towards the workers accredited in their knowledge who have direct access to the data, has acquired those on the 27% of attacks that target individuals, and resolve behind them directly Men sales by 24% of the attacks.
Malicious programs that target mobile devices and malicious Web sites exposed individual users and companies to the risk of:

The proportion of malicious programs that target mobile devices by 58% over the past year, as the proportion of threats designed to steal information from these devices by 32%, especially theft of e-mail messages and phone numbers. It is surprising that this increase in attacks not linked to increased

Weaknesses in portable devices, which amounted to 30%. Although the iOS operating system from Apple has registered the largest number of vulnerabilities documented in the last year, but that he had been threatened and only one during that period. In contrast, it has recorded operating system Android fewer vulnerabilities documented, but that he was subjected to threats than what has happened in all the other systems for mobile devices. This is due to several factors, most notably the high prevalence of the Android system, and its dependence on an open platform, and the multiple ways to spread that allows malicious applications also published, which makes it a palatable target for attackers.

In addition to the above, the proportion of 61% of the malicious sites are in the nature of matter sites legitimacy has been breached and add code software malicious them, have been sites of business, technical and shopping among the five species most vulnerable to injuries among Internet sites, and strengthen Symantec to not fill in the gaps security in those sites. Has been targeting these sites for several years through the sale of counterfeit software for virus protection for consumers. The highlight today’s malicious programs that aim to get to ransom the leading types of attacks due to demonstrable financial benefits of an attacker, in this case, the attackers exploiting the affected sites to lure unsuspecting users and the closure of their servers, and then asking for ransom money to re-open devices. There is another type increasingly rhythm users via the web is in malicious ads, as the attacker in this case, buying advertising space in legitimate sites are exploited in a position carries ads offensive malicious codes.

About the Middle East in the report:
Egypt:

Decline in global classified in the proportion of outgoing spam and malicious software code and counterfeit sites.
Came first in the Middle East in the number of malicious code code, as resolved among the top ten in the world.
Ranked second in the Middle East in the field of security threats overall, behind Saudi Arabia.

Qatar:

Decline in global classified in all categories such as spam and malicious software code and viruses Bots.
Been classified VII in the Middle East in the proportion of malicious code code issued, and IX in total security threats.
Been classified VIII in the Middle East in the proportion of viruses, came the transport sector and services at the forefront of Qatari companies in this area.

Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia ranked second in the world in the proportion of spam issued during the year 2012, has jumped to this position after being ranked 19 in the world in the year 2011.
Decline in the rankings of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in all security threats, such as malicious code and code counterfeit sites with the exception of spam.
Saudi Arabia was ranked first in the Middle East in the proportion of spam issued, and was second in the percentage of malicious code code, and third in the proportion of counterfeit sites.
Saudi Arabia ranked first in the Middle East in the field of total security threats.

UAE:

Change the world rankings for the UAE in the field of security threats total ranked from 46 in 2011 to rank 40 in 2012.
Emirates came in second place in the Middle East in the proportion of counterfeit sites and ranked fourth in the percentage of malicious code and the code spam issued.

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