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Trojans and Botnets Improve Sophistication Level in 2009

As per the managed security company Network Box, the year 2009 has witnessed a major rise in the sophistication level of malware assaults, particularly Trojans.

The firm asserts that trojans like Urlzone, Clampi and ZeuS, which have not only been designed to steal private and financial details, but also to conceal their activities while doing the crime, have seen a remarkable improvement in the sophistication level this year.

Simon Heron, Internet Security Analyst at Network Box, has claimed that with the capacity to increase man-in-the-middle attacks, computer users are vulnerable to account hijacking attacks. Moreover, these attacks takeover accounts without giving the slightest hint that something devastating is happening, as per the reports by SECUIRTY WATCH on December 18, 2009.

Besides Trojans, the security experts have witnessed spike in the use of highly resilient botnets (accountable for most of the spam these days), intelligent clients and the development of creditable mails and sites that seem authentic even to the most cautious eye.

The year 2009 has also witnessed several attacks against Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites, which indicate that more time and attention should be paid for the safety of these websites. The attacks on social networking websites suggest that cyber gangs have started using increased fame of online collaboration for their own advantages.

Moreover, the security company has asserted that the number of data infringe incidents in 2009 has been an imminent concern; there is still a problem with keeping electronic data safe. Data infringe not only influences people's security but also influences the developments like cloud based solutions that go beyond mail and web scanning.

Network Box states that high sophistication and diversification of cyber assaults is a major challenge because the groups behind the creation of malware spread all around the world.

Simon claims that bringing these cyber gangs to justice book will require efficient global cooperation between poor and rich nations worldwide. The punishment for the cyber crime should be acknowledged and reinforced by all countries; otherwise these groups will shift their activities to less law stringent nations.

Related article: Trojans to Target VoIP in 2006

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