In the past few weeks, my colleagues and I have been exchanging views about the changes we’ve seen in the threat landscape in 2010.
It didn’t come as a surprise therefore that Web threats dominated the threat landscape throughout the entire year. As the general public further integrated Internet usage into their everyday lives, so did cybercriminals with their malicious attacks. The prevalence of Web threats was further amplified by the rampant use of malicious toolkits, which enabled even less-technically savvy malicious users to come up with fairly sophisticated schemes. We expect to see more of similar threats in 2011 and aim to keep users protected with the help of the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™.
So, just to bring everyone up to speed, here is a complete list of our “2010 in Review” posts:
- 2010 in Review: The Hype and Reality of STUXNET: To help users better understand the most talked-about threat in 2010, Ivan Macalintal puts the STUXNET threat in proper context, at least in terms of what is considered a real and present danger for users today.
- 2010 in Review: New and Better Ways of Stealing Information: ZeuS’ success undeniably continued into 2010, allowing it to remain one of the most serious threats throughout the year.
- 2010 in Review: The Vulnerability Landscape: The continued and effective usage of vulnerabilities by cybercriminals in launching attacks is a clear indication of how important it is for users to keep their systems updated, especially third-party applications.
- 2010 in Review: No Recession for Cybercrime: It was business as usual for the cybercrime underground in 2010 even amid the economic problems that affected most of the world.
- 2010 in Review: Same Old Spammers: No new spamming techniques or tricks emerged in 2010. However, the spammers kept the spam threat alive and kicking by recycling old tricks and by combining popular techniques seen in the past.
- 2010 in Review: 2010’s Most Dangerous List: From infected hardware to social networks, users were plagued by threats from different vectors in 2010.
- 2010 in Review: 10 Most Remarkable Malware in 2010: Several malware families made headlines in 2010, all with their own noteworthy characteristics. Senior threat researcher David Sancho listed down 10 of the most remarkable malware in 2010.