Businesses Increasingly Under Attack From Cyber-Security Threats

- Cyber-Criminals Targeting Mobile Devices and Social Media Sites

SAN JOSE, CA, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - SonicWALL, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today issued its mid-year cyber-threat intelligence bulletin. The bulletin reveals that businesses are increasingly under attack by cyber-criminals who seek to exploit employees connecting to corporate networks via mobile devices and their rising use of social media. Growth in Android-based malware and social media scams such as click-jacking on Facebook and malicious links sent over Twitter are creating new and heightened levels of business vulnerability from data intrusion, theft and loss. Productivity and profitability are also compromised due to network and application downtime. Data for the bulletin was sourced from the SonicWALL Global Response Intelligent Defense (GRID) Network™, which gathers, analyzes and correlates billions of dynamic, real-time global cyber-threats.

Said Boris Yanovsky, SonicWALL vice president of software engineering, "Cyber-criminals are focusing their attention on penetrating corporate networks and data through mobile workflow and applications. Employees innocently surfing dating sites via a mobile device or PC, that are in fact fake sites, or clicking on offers on Facebook such as a free McDonald's meal that are click-jacking scams, can have a catastrophic impact on data security, business continuity and profitability."

Key findings of the mid-year cyber-threat intelligence bulletin include

  • Mobile-based threats have risen significantly over the last six months. While these threats are not as widespread as computer-based threats, cyber-criminals have found workarounds to attack mobile phones on any platform.
  • Android Market malware is a growing issue. With the growth of the Android Market, there has been an increase in rogue applications affecting thousands of users.
  • Security threats resulting from the use of social media continue to rise. As social media has become part of the fabric of social and work-life, constant access to sites by employees from the corporate network is creating new levels of vulnerability.
  • The U.S., Canada and Taiwan are the most heavily hit countries for worldwide threat-related traffic. A snapshot of the top 10 most heavily hit countries may be viewed here.
  • New and familiar viruses continue to infect computers and networks worldwide. Top malware threats in the first half of 2011 were fake anti-virus malware, including a new variant consisting of fake desktop utilities.
  • Phishing fraud is more sophisticated and difficult to detect. An updated list of organizations that have been spoofed over the last six months is available here.
  • Most dangerous threats over the last six months include advanced persistent threats that come in through clicked links, lie hidden for an indefinite period of time and become active at a predefined time.

Click here for the latest threats at the SonicWALL Threat Center.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

SonicWALL develops advanced intelligent network security and data protection solutions that adapt as organizations evolve and as threats evolve. For more information, visit http://www.sonicwall.com/.

SOURCE SonicWALL, Inc.

For further information:

CONTACT: Jock Breitwieser, SonicWALL, T: +1(408)962-6165, E: jbreitwieser@SonicWALL.com ; Kristen Leon, Bond PR, T: +1(415)848-2626, E: kristen@bondprus.com

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