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Enterprises Under Constant Online Assaults: Websense

According to the '2010 Threat Report' that Websense the security company released recently, hackers are unleashing increasingly complicated data breach assaults that target enterprise networks. These attacks comprise multi hacking methods combined together to hijack big business systems.

The report also outlines that 52% of cyber-assaults are executed on the Internet, whereas merely a little less than 1 in 10 attacks take place through e-mail. Besides, 90% of all spam mails carry web-links connecting with malevolent or spam sites, a rise of 4% from 2009.

Meanwhile, according to Websense, doing an online search for updates on current hot news makes Web-surfers susceptible to 22% possibility of encountering a malevolent website. This rate is higher than that of people surfing to find porn, who bear 21% possibilities of landing on a contaminated web-page.

Worryingly, according to the security company, it's evident that among the total search results associated with Internet-based amusement, 23% connect with a malicious web-link, with the maximum number of phishing websites hosted in USA.

Moreover, Websense emphasizes that online crooks are merging different botnets, viruses and Trojans like Stuxnet, Zeus and Aurora. Following this, they're combining attack techniques like phishing scams, hijacked social networks and websites for the dissemination of the malwares all over the Web.

States Websense's '2010 Threat Report' that metrics and evidences from 2010 indicate that cyber crooks with their various combinations of assaults are exploiting security loopholes that don't have protection from standard defenses such as anti-virus software, firewall, and plain URL stoppers.

In fact, the researchers say that these defenses do not any longer suffice to prevent code-based assaults, which normally target rich media such as Flash, and malware disseminated via legitimate but compromised websites and social-networking websites.

Chief Technology Officer Dan Hubbard at Websense exuded worry that there were increasing activities of organized cyber-criminal groups as well as rising malware of sophisticated nature.

He said that security measures should be faster than cyber-attackers, while concentrating on contextual categorization so as to foil their ploys. Plain control over binary access wouldn't resolve the complicated assaults observed today, he added. Marketwatch.com published this on November 9, 2010.

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