Security Threat Report 2011 - Slide 5

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As spam expands into other areas online, traditional e-mail spam still remains a significant problem, especially in business. Workers still need to keep their inboxes clear of junk, and advanced mail filtering systems are a necessity in any business hoping to use e-mail efficiently.

With the convergence of spam and malware, a growing proportion of spam messages are moving away from more direct scams. Sending out malicious attachments continues to be widely practiced, but even more prevalent is the mailing of links to poisoned Web pages. Operating in the same manner as any other scam, victims are tricked into clicking a link in a mail and then led to a site that attacks their system with exploits or which attempts to implant fake anti-virus software. 2010 also saw a surge in HTML attachments that directly point to malicious Web content without directly visiting the dangerous sites.

We will remember 2010 as a year in which our interaction with technology — and with each other — evolved because of the widespread adoption of social media and the use of innovative mobile computing devices.

We are dependent on smart devices — just ask anyone who has lost their iPhone or BlackBerry. And whether you’re using a mobile device or a laptop or desktop computer, you’re likely to use social networks more than ever. This new technology changes the way we communicate with our friends, colleagues and customers. This not only revolutionizes the way we live our lives, but also blurs the lines that define the way we run our businesses and use and share information.

Today, users are the content. Driving the growth, and at the same time being driven by it, the explosion in mobile computing is expanding the impact of the social Web. And, the way that content is shared and accessed is now the core of a new global culture, affecting and combining the spheres of personal and business life.

Of course, this evolution of technology is closely tracked by the “bad guys” willing to exploit weaknesses in our technologies and in human nature. Cyber criminals prey on our curiosity, and perhaps our vulnerability and gullibility, and use psychological traps to profit from unsuspecting technology users. Malware scams and exploits targeting social networking websites, applications, devices, and users proliferate. At the same time, traditional attacks continue to become more sophisticated to target the most advanced software, hardware and websites.

In this slideshow, we highlight the more significant security threats identified by Sophos in 2010 and outline critical access points that need to be guarded against future threats.

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