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Patch management flubs facilitate cybercrime

Ellen Messmer | March 28, 2014
Failures in patch management of vulnerable systems have been a key enabler of cybercrime, according to the conclusions reached in Solutionary's annual Global Threat Intelligence Report out today, saying it sees botnet attacks as the biggest single threat.

Solutionary expressed considerable skepticism about the value of anti-virus software in its report, saying 71% of the new malware it collected from its own honeypot-type sandboxes went undetected by more than 40 anti-virus products. Nevertheless, Solutionary wasn't advocating abandoning anti-virus entirely but instead advised it should be "augmented" by other types of security.

In terms of types of attacks faced by organizations, botnet activity aimed against the organization was the largest type, constituting 34% of all attacks, with the remainder parceled out to denial-of-service attacks, application-specific attacks, service-specific attacks and "network manipulation," such as DNS attacks, along with other "suspicious" attacks.

Solutionary said there seems to be little in the way of standalone malware these days, with most malware designed to communicate with command-and-control servers operated by cyber-criminals to steal important information.


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