Cybercrime on an upward spiral

Nov 19 2012, 19:32 IST
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SummaryIt is an all-too-common headline: Prominent website brought down by attackers.

IT can do to minimise and deflect the impact. “It is important that businesses are aware and take proactive steps to prevent becoming the next victim of a cyber attack,” he summarises.

VIRTUAL MESS

* The total number of data breaches (100) in 2012 has already surpassed the figure for the entire 2011 calendar year

* Online financial fraud attacks have spread worldwide in Q3 2012

* Mobile malware shows steady growth, while the Android platform remains the largest target

* Ransomware, which extorts money from its victims, becomes one of the fastest-growing areas of cybercrime

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