Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Online Safety is a Real Problem and is Increasing!

With the start up of school, online safety is in the news again and with good reason. IBM recently published a paper reviewing the malicious trends on the internet. Campus Technology posted this information earlier. Here is an excerpt and a link to the complete article.

Please take the time to read and be aware!

IBM: No Such Thing as a Safe Browsing Environment

Malicious content on trusted sites is dramatically increasing, according to new research from IBM. The company recently released results from its X-Force 2009 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report, which shows an unprecedented state of Web insecurity.

Five times as many malicious Web links have been discovered in the first half of 2009 as in the previous period studied. This problem is no longer limited to malicious domains or untrusted sites. The report notes an increase in the presence of malicious content on trusted sites, including search engines, blogs, bulletin boards, personal Web sites, online magazines, and consumer news sites. The ability to gain access and manipulate data remains the primary consequence of vulnerability exploitations.

IBM also reports that the level of veiled Web exploits, especially PDF files, are at an all-time high, pointing to increased sophistication of attackers.

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