Fortinet Threat Landscape Research shows rise in data breaches


Fortinet, a network security provider and the unified
threat management (UTM) solutions released its latest Threat Landscape report,
which details data breaches and attacks such as Sony Europe being hit by
another SQL injection attack, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suffering a
critical data breach, hacktivism group LulzSec’s continued attack on the U.S.
government and the rise of spam despite a three month decline.


The most prominent virus FortiGuard Labs detected during the month of June was, once again, Fraudload.OR, which
frequently disguises itself in the form of fake antivirus software, though it
also has the ability to download other Trojans and malware to an infected
user’s system. Fraudload.OR accounted for more than one third of new malware
incidents during the last few weeks.


Fraudload.OR has been very active for nearly two months,
no doubt fuelled by the success FakeAV loaders like Fraudload.OR have realized.
Recently, bank accounts belonging to a FakeAV operator were frozen by the US
District Attorney. Nearly $15 million was in those accounts, highlighting the wealth
such operators can achieve using a scam that is now well over three years old.


“We are indeed entering a new era of cybersecurity,
one where proactive measures are being put in place and this month’s attacks
show the importance of keeping patches up-to-date to help avoid exploitation by
malicious code,” said Derek Manky, senior security strategist at Fortinet.


“It’s also important to employ an IPS solution to
help block malicious code looking to exploit vulnerable software and a Web
application firewall to help protect your public facing digital assets,”
Derek added.


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