PandaLabs Second Quarter Security Landscape Report

imageIn a rather surprising statement, PandaLabs, in its 2011 Second Quarter Security Report, makes the point that there’s a challenging grey area between “Hacktivism” (LulzSec and Anonymous), and Criminality. Frankly, I don’t subscribe to this “blurry lines” view.

I see the issue in rather simpler terms – if security holes exist in critical systems which enterprise, or government, are either unwilling, or unable to address – ultimately creating a host of innocent victims – then I encourage LulzSec and Anonymous to continue their campaigns of outing non-responsive, and non-responsible organizations. I’m more than a little tired of being placed at risk due to organizational ineptness, or failure to adhere to common sense security practices.

Some key findings from Panda’s report (determined from data collected through Panda ActiveScan) include:

Every minute, 42 new malware strains were created.

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Trojans constitute 70 percent of new malware followed by viruses (10 percent) and worms (8.53 percent). Surprisingly, Adware, which only represents 1.37 percent of all malware, accounted for more than 9 percent of all infections.

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China, Thailand and Taiwan continue to lead infection rankings.

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Top 10 least infected countries.

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So, should these statistics hold any relevancy for you? Should you be preoccupied, or overly concerned, with these numbers? The answer, it seems to me, depends on how aware you are of the overallInternet security landscape, and where you fit into the following user groups.

  • Those who know.
  • Those who think they know.
  • Those who don’t know, that they don’t know.

Hopefully, you are in that small group who can confidently say – “I know”.

Broken record time:

I’ll risk sounding like a broken record, once again, and repeat what I’ve said here numerous times –

“Controlling malware intrusion, while surfing the Net, through the use of a  “virtual” environment rather than operating in a “real” environment, makes sense given the escalating level of cyber criminal activity on the Internet.”

BufferZone, is a particular effective and easy to use freeware virtualization application (perfect for casual users), which creates an isolated environment called the Virtual Zone, while you surf the Internet. You can read more about BufferZone, here.

About PandaLabs:

Since 1990, PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware research laboratory, has been working to detect and classify malware in order to protect consumers and companies against new Internet threats.

To do so, PandaLabs uses Collective Intelligence, a cloud-based proprietary system that leverages the knowledge gathered from Panda’s user community to automatically detect, analyze and classify the more than 73,000 new malware strains that appear every day.

This automated malware classification is complemented through the work of an international team with researchers specialized each in a specific type of malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and other attacks) to provide global coverage.

The full report (PDF), is available here.

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4 responses to “PandaLabs Second Quarter Security Landscape Report

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Long may you continue to sound like a broken record. The analogy ages you though!

    I agree that all these hackers do a great job of highlighting the fearsome gaps in online security that, it appears, every major organisation and agency suffers from.

    Thanks for the reminder about BufferZone as I believe it has now gone 64bit.

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      Ahem – I meant to say “digital playback media”. 🙂

      Talk about aging! I’ve just spend 9 days glued to the TV following along with Will and Kate on their Canadian visit. I’m exhausted – I can’t begin to imagine how tired they must be. They just now left for L.A.

      Along with all Canadians, I’ve fallen head-over-heels for these incredibly impressive and charming young people. Will shows all the signs of becoming the man his father should have been.

      Best,

      Bill

      • John Bent

        Hi Bill,

        I don’t want to get into another discussion on our Royal family. Suffice it to say I believe the work Charles does is seriously underrated. Of course it is easy for people to fall in love with a modern, handsome and charming couple like Wills and Kate, as they did with Diana. However protocol has changed so much, mostly for the better, since Charles was a young man that I’m not sure comparisons are valid.

        Saw footage of Wills and Kate in LA today and the reception there has been even more enthusiastic than in Canada. Not like the Americans to overdo things!

        Kind regards
        John