Android continues to be a popular target in mobile
Security outfit F-Secure released its Threat Report for the first half of 2014, and in it the company highlights an increase in online attacks that lock up user data and hold it for ransom. This rising trend in "ransomware," as it's called, is even prevalent on mobile devices, most notably Android, which was the target of 294 of the 295 new threat families F-Secure discovered, with the only other taking aim at iOS.
Heartbleed affected around 17 percent of all TLS-enabled websites
McAfee Labs today released its Threats Report for August 2014. The lead topic for the last quarter concerns the Heartbleed vulnerability, which McAfee Labs says was the most significant security event since the Target data breach in 2013. Heartbleed affected more than 600,000 websites, and in its aftermath, the cost for repair is likely to be hundreds of millions of dollars, McAfee Labs said.
Malware writers didn't take a vacation in 2013. Just the opposite, McAfee noted a sharp rise in ransomware, Android malware, suspicious URLs, and other malicious attempts to steal users' data, which the security firm published in its Threat Report for the fourth quarter of 2013. When combining all of its findings across mobile and desktop, security firm McAfee said it detected 200 new threats every minute, or more than three for every second that passed in 2013.
Small business owners are viewed as easy targets among cybercriminals.
Symantec on Monday published its 2013 Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 18, which provides an overview and analysis of the past year in global threat activity. One of the things Symantec noticed was that cybercriminals are paying more attention to small businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Targeted attacks against these organizations jumped 31 percent in 2012 compared to the year before.