Data released recently from the Microsoft Corporation confirms that the tactics used by cybercriminals are becoming increasingly “deceptive” and “malicious“, according to an article published by The Daily News website. The article indicates that this data confirms tactics resulting in attacks which are “becoming more difficult and expensive” and for “purposes such as stealing people’s personal and financial information.” The compiled data from the technology giant shows that the numbers of systems which require disinfecting and repair are have multiplied at a rapid rate.
According to the article, during the final four months of 2013 “the number of computers that had to be disinfected as a result of deceptive tactics more than tripled.” The report goes on to say that the “increase in deceptive tactics corresponds with a 70 percent decline in the number of severe vulnerabilities exploited in Microsoft products between 2010 and 2013” which exhibits a definite improvement to overall protection by newer security products. Microsoft’s Director of Trustworthy Computing, Tim Rains, was quoted in the article to say, “Keeping cyber criminals on the run requires a robust security strategy. The safest houses don’t just have locked doors, they have well-lit entry points and advanced security systems. It’s the same with computer security – the more we layer our defenses the better we are at thwarting attacks.”
Microsoft’s new data has determined that “one of the most common tactics” used by invaders is the “deceptive download” which, according to the article, is “the top threat in 95 per cent of the 110 countries/ regions that Microsoft’s data examined.” These downloads are used by cybercriminals as a vehicle for malware which is “bundled” with “legitimate downloadable content such as software, music or videos found online“, as the article indicates. Daniel Kamau, Anti-piracy Lead for sub-Saharan Africa, was quoted in the article to say, “Of serious concern in Africa is the threat posed from illicit software downloaded from the internet, which is infected with malware deliberately bundled by cybercriminals. With the internet population on the continent fast-growing, downloading software online is a popular alternative but can have serious consequences if it’s not legitimate.”
Read more about the data released by Microsoft at the full article and learn about the many categories of threats that keep security companies on their toes constantly.