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Insider Security Attacks Foreseeable To Mount Globally

The leading security experts of the world are warning organizations that they may experience a rise in security attacks from inside their companies on account of disappointed workers who have been laid-off. In fact, Microsoft says that the alleged "malicious insider" hacks are increasing and are likely to worsen in the present economic scenario.

According to experts, the market of illegally obtained data is very hot and therefore, highly profitable for the data thieves. Highly malicious and special programs are being created for stealing data that can even penetrate the security mechanisms.

Meanwhile, based on a research by Security Company McAfee, Australia, it has been found that about 3,000-4,000 new malware strains are being designed each day. In 2008, anti-virus companies identified about two million types of such malicious programs.

Thus, with virtue of stolen information, malware designers could directly manipulate existing codes, users' systems as well as their security mechanisms. Since sensitive information fetches large money, criminal gangs would miss no opportunity of making big revenues from the precious stolen data.

Moreover, Symantec Corp., the world's most accomplished maker of security software, acceded to the opinion that economic crisis would trigger an increasing number of insider breaches. Citing reason for this agreed opinion, Kevin Rowney, Founder of Symantec's Data Loss Prevention Unit said that in the majority of the instances, the prime motive of the offenders is revenge, greed or fear, as reported by BBC on February 11, 2009.

Although the hackers have been largely preying on bigger fishes like millionaires and corporations, clearly because they have more precious information, still individual users should also take adequate precautions. This is because the typical impact of virus, malware and phishing attacks continue to be large that could spread to individual users as well.

To avoid the threat of insider breaches, security experts urge organizations to enforce the most suitable as well as effective security solutions. However, the suggestion is not restricted to businesses and organizations alone; individual users should also adopt it as they are equally vulnerable to hacking attacks.

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