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Antivirus and Anti-Phishing Tools Provide Inadequate Detection of Cyber Attacks During Critical First 24-Hour Period

In addition to the AV, Web browser anti-phishing and consumer protection application testing, other key findings in the report include:

  • Cyveillance tracked an online “fraud chain” which included malwareMalware: A generic term for a software that is designed to disable or otherwise damage computers, networks and computer systems LookingGlass Cyber (n) - another type of cold that can destroy a computer by latching on to destroy other programs. components that store and serve malware executables, distribute malware to consumers and receive and store confidential information collected from infected computers.
    • The United States and China continue to host the majority of malware executables representing 33 percent and 21 percent of attacks, respectively, which make up over half of the malware found during the first half of this year.
  • During the first half of 2009, there was an average of over 23,000 unique phishingPhishing: The use of emails that appear to be from a legitimate, trusted source that are enticed to trick recipients into entering valid credentials including personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers into a fake platform or service. LookingGlass Cyber (n) - tailoring an attack (such as email) to garner trust and credentials that are then used maliciously. The preverbal digital version of the ol' hook and bait. attacks per month, which makes phishing still one of the top threats on the Internet.
  • Popular consumer applications used for detecting phishing attacks do not provide adequate protection. Initially, Symantec’s Norton SafeWeb only blocked/warned against 4.4 percent of phishing attacks and increased to only 5 percent after the first 24-hour period.
  • During the first half of 2009, 200 unique brands were first-time targets of phishing attacks, which represents a 26 percent increase over new brands phished in the second half of 2008.

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