Digital Malware Is Growing – Says The Websense 2013 Threat Report

Websense, Inc. which operates in unified web security, email security, mobile security, and data loss prevention (DLP), delivered its Websense 2013 threat report with some alarming facts about increase in digital malware and hack attacks. The report challenged traditional approaches to security and trust. The timed, targeted nature of these advanced threats indicates a new breed of sophisticated attacker who is intent on compromising increasingly higher-yield targets. The report said that the attacks were made on legitimate websites and said that only one in 5 emails in the digital space is legitimate.

The internet has its drawbacks. It has for long stored precious information and since the inception of digital information transmission through the internet, there has been digital piracy and digital information theft. Hacker attacks and espionage are common in today’s world where there are data siege and account hack on websites seemed to be very reliable. Identity theft is also an increasing problem and most of the resources and think tank of developed or progressively developing countries goes into tackling that demon.

Websense has similar news for the internet users and website owners. The news is not shocking but on the contrary, somewhat expected. There has been an increase in the number of malicious websites up to 600 percent which has the North American increase of 720 percent. Web hosts, which are the server providers, are home to some 85 percent of the total malicious websites. There have been hack attacks on Google and Twitter recently claimed to have been attacked by hackers. That particular event was cited as a possible damage to 250000 accounts on twitter, which is a sizeable population on the social media space.

Email spam has increased to 76 percent. That is a lot of digital malware flying about in the web space. Facebook has been dealing with the problem of spam and still has not been able to root it out completely. Hackers are always in the wait to find weak spots and find security leaks. Attacks identified in the Websense 2013 Threat Report indicate a need for integration at the actual defense level and deep content security intelligence with real-time security defenses. A lot of which have been put in place by the US after the allegations on Chinese hackers to attack US and Indian web space.

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