2010 Security Threats in Review - Slide 8

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2010 was without a doubt the year of the fake antivirus. This simple, yet highly profitable, business model is well worth the effort of criminals who spend a short time creating rogueware and a fake online store, safe in the knowledge that victims will do their bit to provide the succulent returns.

Around 40% of all fake antivirus programs were created in 2010. Since this new type of threat first appeared four years ago, PandaLabs has classified a total of 5,651,786 individual fake antivirus programs. Of these, 2,285,629 appeared between January and November 2010.

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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