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Spam is down, but malware is as hot as ever, Symantec finds

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Security firm Symantec's latest "Internet Security Threat Report" found that malicious attacks and malware variants are more prevalent than ever, and are being delivered to their victims in mass and targeted ways.

Data breach costs drop for first time in study

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Organizations now pay an average of $194 per breached record, the first time the annual Symantec-Ponemon Institute "Cost of a Data Breach Study" noted a drop since its inception in 2006.

Hacking now responsible for most of exposed records

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Until last year, lost and stolen laptops were to blame for the largest percentage of breach types. Now, hacking has claimed the top spot.

Hacktivist-led DDoS is now the most common type, study finds

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DDoS attackers motivated by social or political purposes are more common than conventional criminals out for financial gain, concluded a new report from Arbor Networks.

Study: BlackHole appears, Conficker remains

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Eighty-five percent of all malware is web-based, and some 30,000 websites are newly infected with malicious code each day, according to Sophos' "Security Threat Report 2012."

Spam drop, but targeted attack rise, is key 2011 takeaway

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Spam volume dropped dramatically from 379 billion messages daily in August 2010 to 124 billion this November, according to Cisco, as crooks opted for more pinpointed attacks that could fly under the radar.

Security spending to increase in 2012, survey shows

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While the nation's economy remains in the tank, the information security market appears to be avoiding a major slowdown.

Trojans, Anonymous, Android threats dominate landscape

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Three out of every four new malware strains created during the third quarter was a trojan, says a new report from PandaLabs.

Internet privacy tools too confusing for most users

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Most individuals don't understand how to configure advertising "opt-out" tools, according to a new study, which means the debate over how best to give users control over their privacy rages on.

Study finds many turn to lawsuits following a data breach

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Consumers are more willing than ever to sue following a data breach, but they face an uphill climb in court. However, a recent court ruling may flip the odds in their favor.

Breaches lead to major reputation, brand damage

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A survey of 843 executives found that a company's brand value dropped between 17 to 31 percent following a breach.

Most businesses lack social media security controls

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Just 32 percent of U.S. IT and IT security practitioners said their company has a policy that addresses the acceptable use of social media by employees in the workplace.

Corporate bank fraud losses expected to total $210M

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Businesses in North America are expected to lose $210 million this year to corporate bank account takeovers, according to a new report from financial research and consulting firm Aite Group. The report, "Banks and Business in the Crosshairs: Cybercrime and Its Impact," estimates that losses from these seizures, by which hackers gain control of online bank accounts to make unauthorized transfers, will grow to $371 million by 2015. Moreover, the number of new, unique strains of malware released each year is expected to increase - from 25 million by the close of 2011 to 87 million by the end of 2015.

Cybercrime costs $388B annually, report says

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The cost of digital crimes now rivals the illegal drug trade, according to a new report from Symantec.

Just slip out the hack, Jack

Despite a new report warning of a sharp increase in automated web application attacks, this doesn't necessarily signal a rise in cybercrime.

Smartphones safer than desktops, but not without risks

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Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile platforms are more secure than traditional desktop operating systems though both are still vulnerable to many types of attacks, according to a new report.

Medical ID theft on the rise, says new study

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Consumers are not familiar enough with the dangers of medical identity theft, according to a Ponemon study released this week.

Study finds $214 per breached record in 2010

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Data breaches cost organizations $7.2 million on average in 2010, up seven percent from $6.8 million the previous year, according to a new study.

Spam wanes, while web attacks surge

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Malware delivered through spam may be taking a backseat to trojans delivered via social networking sites and web searches, according to a report from Barracuda Networks.

RSA Conference study to reveal cloud frustration

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Security practitioners are working to safeguard cloud computing environments but believe they need more education and training, according to a soon-to-be released study conducted by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.

Critical infrastructure lacking cyber supply chain security

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Critical infrastructure firms are not adequately securing their "cyber supply chains," and thus face an increased risk of attacks that could impact business operations and disrupt service delivery, according to new analyst findings.

Analyst firm estimates cloud security market to hit $1.5 bil

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The cloud security market is expected to grow to $1.5 billion by 2015, with nearly five percent of IT security technology spending allocated for those services, according to a report released Wednesday by research firm Forrester.

Costs and causes of data-loss incidents to be discussed

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Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA, will present research from a recent study, which looks at causes and costs involved with IT security breaches.

Most large companies have suffered intrusions

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The amount of large companies that have been hit by hackers has "increased significantly" since last year, according to a new survey commissioned by VanDyke Software and conducted by Amplitude Research. In the survey of 350 IT managers and network administrators, 67 percent of respondents from companies with 5,000 or more employees reported an intrusion this year of user machines, their office network and/or servers, up from 41 percent who said the same in 2009. Meanwhile, among midsize companies with 1,000 to 4,999 employees, 59 percent reported an intrusion in 2010, up from 57 percent in 2009. The amount of small companies with 100 to 999 employees who reported intrusions decreased to 43 percent in 2010, from 45 percent last year. — AM

Education sector most affected by malware

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Colleges and universities have been most targeted by malware writers, according to a report issued Monday by anti-virus firm Trend Micro.

IBM admits erring in statistics on vendor patching

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The IBM X-Force research team has revised a part of its recently released trends and risk report that analyzed how well popular software vendors did in patching vulnerabilities disclosed in the first half of the year.

Security defenses limited at SMBs, survey finds

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Nearly half of all small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have fallen victim to cybercrime, yet some still are operating with no security defenses in place, according to a report released this week by anti-virus firm Panda Security.

IBM report shows new flaws skyrocket in first half of year

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IBM X-Force's mid-year threat report examined trends in vulnerability disclosures, techniques used to foist malware and risks to virtual environments, plus much more.

Cybercrime costs businesses $3.8 million per year

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Web attacks, malware and insider threats can cost organizations millions of dollars in losses each year, according to a new Ponemon Institute study.

United States lacking adequate cyber workforce

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The United States is lacking an adequate number of individuals within the federal government and private sector with the technical skills necessary to secure cyberspace, concludes a new public policy report.

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