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In 2010, we saw a turning point in the relation between Internet and society, with the emergence of the cyber-protest movement. This phenomenon, initiated by Anonymous, was not completely unheard of, but became ‘universal’ in 2010.

Anonymous is a non-hierarchical group comprised of thousands of users around the world, united in the defense of a common cause. Although the Anonymous group has been going for some years, they became more widely known when, along with The Pirate Bay, they supported the protests in Iran against the fraudulent elections in 2009 supposedly won by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Yet it was in 2010 when the group really made the headlines. It all started when it came to light that several companies in the film industry had contracted the services of an Indian firm to launch denial of service attacks (DoS) against file-sharing websites that refused to remove certain links from their pages.

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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