As the Internet has evolved into a vast digital information and commerce hub, so too have the crimes perpetrated therein. Petty Web site vandalism and shotgun-style DoS (denial-of-service) attacks have paved the way for sophisticated data thefts and targeted phishing scams.
As reported by IDGNS, Symantec has released its most recent Internet Security Threat Report, which provides a grim reminder of just how dangerous the untamed Internet can be. The research covers the first half of 2006.
For now, Symantec reports that home users suffer the worst of cyberthieves' plots, accounting for 86 all targeted attacks. Financial services businesses follow, according to the report.
Net crooks' techniques have come a long way, making them all the more difficult to spot and track. "Symantec has identified increased attacks aimed at client-side applications, increased use of evasive tactics to avoid detection, and ... smaller, more targeted attacks focusing on fraud, data theft, and criminal activity."
Following are some of the numerical highlights from Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, which can be downloaded from here [PDF]:
U.S. gives as good as it gets
- 6,110 - Average number of DoS attacks Symantec observed per day during the first half of 2006
- 2,249 - Number of new vulnerabilities documented by Symantec in the first half of 2006
.. and patches
- 89 - Average number of days for Sun to develop patches for its OSes