2010 Security Threats in Review - Slide 5

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Despite all the talk about cybercrime and cyber espionage, we still can’t afford to take our eye off profit-oriented cybercrime, which continues to target businesses and individuals alike. In January 2010, the FBI began to investigate the theft of more than $3 million at a school in New York. In February, it was discovered that more than $3 million had been stolen in a phishing attack. Incidents like these occur every day; they are not exceptional cases. Throughout the year we saw numerous small companies go under thanks to these types of attacks, not to mention how unidentified groups, stealing small quantities from hundreds of thousands of users, have amounted as much as $10 million.

Criminals also profited by stealing information. One way of fighting against this is to combat the trafficking of information, no easy task, especially when it turns out that even governments are buying stolen data, as was the case in Germany.

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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