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Malicious links and malware a growing threat; Trend Micro

Mike Gee | Dec. 4, 2014
Australia fifth in the world for countries with the highest number of visits to malicious sites.

Australia was also ranked third in the world for countries with the most number of affected endpoints to Command and Control (C&C) Servers, after the US and Japan.

The report dissects vulnerabilities, such as Shellshock, which threatens popular operating systems, including Linux, UNIX and Mac OS X. The surprising discovery of the Shellshock vulnerability emerged after going unnoticed for more than 20 years, suggesting the likelihood of more long, undiscovered vulnerabilities lurking within operating systems or applications. Vulnerabilities in mobile platforms and apps are also proving to be a greater challenge.

As in previous quarters, the report stated that significant and critical vulnerabilities were found in mobile platforms, such as Android. Exploit kits were highly utilised in Web platforms and provided cybercriminals another resource to compromise victim's systems.

Report global highlights include:

  • Online banking malware infections rose from 112,000 in Q2 to 137,000 in Q3
  • Number of phishing URLs blocked surges to 721,000 in Q3, up from 138,000 in Q2
  • Cumulative Android threat volume reached 3.5m in Q3

 

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