Threat Intelligence Blog

Posted August 18, 2009

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 malware 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 phishing 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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