2010 Security Threats in Review - Slide 3

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In addition to Stuxnet, there were other incidents that brought home the reality of cyber war. In January 2010, South Korea announced that it was setting up a special command center to combat potential cyber attacks from North Korea and China. The United States also acknowledged the creation of the Navy Fleet Cyber Command, as a branch of the US military’s cyber security force announced some months previously.

Along with these more serious incidences of what we could call cyber war or perhaps cyber defense, there were some more ‘colorful’ incidents. Such was the case with the worm, dubbed ‘Here you have’. This was the second variant of a worm that appeared in August, and one of its main features was that the sender of the e-mail message in which it spreads appears as “iraq_resistance,” and would seem to be linked to the Brigades of Tariq bin Ziyad brigade terrorist group.

2010 was an intense year for threats, and many issues shook the world of IT security. The dismantling of the Mariposa botnet, the “Here you Have” worm –an attack claimed by the Iraqi resistance-, 0-Day vulnerability exploits, Stuxnet and the attack on nuclear plants (SCADA systems), the Rainbow or OnMouseOver worm on Twitter, hijacking of the Facebook “Like” button, Android threats (such as FakePlayer), the launch of cyber activism led by Anonymous, Wikileaks… In short, a year full of security-related events of all shapes and sizes.

This slideshows highlights Panda Security’s report on security threats in 2010.

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