ScanSafe Annual Global Threat Report 2009

Annual Global Threat Report 2009

The World's Largest Security Analysis of Real-World Web Traffic

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  • Malicious PDF files comprised 56% of Web-encountered exploits in
1Q09, growing to 80% of all exploits by 4Q09; Flash exploits encountered via the Web dropped from 40% in 1Q09 to 18% in 4Q09;
  • Web-encountered exploits in Word and Excel comprised less than 1% of all detected exploits for the year;
  • Malicious image files comprised 10% of all Web malware encountered in 2009;
  • The Gumblar attacks were the single largest at 14% of all Web malware blocks in 2009;
  • Compromises and malware encounters resulting from the Asprox and Zeus botnets comprised 2% and 1% of Web malware blocks, respectively;
  • 45% of all Web malware encounters in 2009 were with exploits and iframes indicative of compromised websites;
  • Energy & Oil experienced an encounter rate 356% higher than normal for data theft trojans;
  • Companies in the Pharmaceutical & Chemical sector experienced a
322% heightened rate of encounter with data theft trojans;
  • Other sectors experiencing higher than average exposure to data theft trojans included Government at 252% higher and the Banking & Finance sector at 204% higher;
  • Attacks continue to increase. A representative customer encountered 77 compromised websites in May 2007, compared to 1024 in May 2009. Direct encounters with data theft Trojans increased from 0 in May 2007 to 307 in May 2009.
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