Browsing the web these days can lead to security threats with very bad implications. Forcepoint (formerly known as Websense) found that in 2013, malicious websites had “increased by nearly 600 percent worldwide”. We’re now in 2016 and that figure is still rising significantly.
Below, are some of the key report findings from Forcepoint:
- Each week, organizations faced an average of 1,719 attacks for every 1,000 users.
- Malicious websites increased by nearly 600 percent worldwide.
- North American malicious sites increased by 720 percent and EMEA saw a 531 percent increase.
- Legitimate web hosts were home to 85 percent of those malicious sites.
- Half of web-connected malware downloaded additional executables in the first 60 seconds.
- Only 7.7 percent of malware interacted with the system registry – circumventing many behavioural detection systems and antivirus solutions.
- Thirty-two percent of malicious links in social media used shortened URLs. Once cybercriminals gain access to a host, they typically hide their own malicious pages deep in the directory tree. This process generates very long and complex web links that might tip off a wary user. Link shortening solves that problem.
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