More than 2,400 threats were blocked per second in the first quarter of 2013, according to the Trend Micro Q1 2013 Security Roundup Report.
Threat researchers have identified zero day attacks, botnets, social media lures and mobile malware as the main security issues during this period.
There is a huge gap between the time vulnerabilities emerge and the time they can be patched. Also, these vulnerabilities are quickly incorporated into professional attack kits such as the "Black Hole Exploit Kit."
Previously it was thought that hackers are only interested in theft but it is now understood that there are other motives as well.
Hackers are keen on crippling networks through several techniques including multiplatform focus such as UNIX and LINUX; specific countermeasures for installed security software; and hijacking of patch management systems.
Mobile malware threats
Asians are high at risk related to downloading malicious apps and threat researchers note rise in mobile malware. In fact, the Android threat volume reached one million malicious apps in the first quarter of 2013.
Trend Micro expects a continued cyber criminal interest in the mobile space, going forward.
Although the US showed the maximum number of computers accessing command and control (C&C) servers in the first two months of the quarter, South Korea surpassed the US in March 2013.
Phishers, whether on computers or on mobile devices, love to attack financial service-related sites as they promise loads of easy money.
Cyber criminals were also attracted by events such as the election of a new pope and frequently used technology-related topics such as Google Glass and Windows 8.
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