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Attackers no longer focused on Windows PCs

Anuradha Shukla | June 11, 2012
The May 2012 edition of the Symantec Intelligence Report reveals a shift in the attention of the attackers.

The May 2012 edition of the Symantec Intelligence Report indicates a shift in the attention of the attackers who are no longer focused on Windows PCs.

Previously the attackers focused on Windows PCs because of the widespread prevalence of the Windows platform and the great return on investment it delivered.

This shift in the focus of attackers began last year with Android threats becoming a regular occurrence, such as Opfake.

Opfake covers a range of device operating systems such as Symbian and even targets iOS devices through an elaborate phishing scam.

The May 2012 edition of the Symantec Intelligence Report shows that the spam rate in Singapore increased by 3.9 percent points, to 66.9 percent.

Also, the ratio of email-borne viruses in email traffic in the nation fell to one in 709.7 emails in May, as compared to one in 636.2 in April.

New Android threat families

New Android threat families have been discovered and are increasing in number each day. Symantec notes W32/Flamer- a recent discovery that is highly sophisticated and primarily targeted a few hundred organizations and individuals located in the Middle East.

Weighing 20 megabytes, Flamer is a general-purpose spying tool ideal for cyber espionage and steals all types of information from compromised machines.

Spammers have set their eyes on other upcoming events such as the July 2012 London Olympic Games.

Innocent people are asked to participate in the event in the form of co-coordinators, welcome partners, and more.

Symantec expects scammers to continue leveraging the major global sporting event with lottery scams and other more sophisticated tactics.


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