80 per cent of malware attacks in 2012 were redirects from legitimate sites: Sophos

06.12.2012, von Hafizah Osman

A recent threat report, Security Threat Report 2013, has found that 80 per cent of malware attacks in 2012 were redirects from legitimate sites.

The security vendor highlighted some key observations for 2012 and what is expected for 2013.

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It said that 2012 was a year of new platforms and modern malware--what was once a homogeneous world of Windows systems is now a landscape made up of diverse platforms. According to Sophos, modern malware is taking advantage of these trends, creating new challenges for IT security professionals.

"Two of the defining terms of 2012 are 'empower' and 'evolve.' Attacks and threats--on PCs, Macs and mobile devices--continue to evolve as does the technology to combat them," Sophos chief technology officer, Gerhard Eschelbeck, said.

Eschelbeck claimed that the increasing mobility of data in corporate environments has forced IT staff to become even more agile.