Ever wondered what countries most attackers operate from?
Curious as to what types of attacks they prefer?
A recent study conducted by website security company Incapsula shows a quite interesting, yet worrying set of facts and stats. As it turns out, the United States and China gather the highest numbers of website attackers. And the most common attacks they perform are as follows:
- Server takeover – 73% of all website attacks. The attackers exploit a web server’s vulnerabilities to plant malware in the code of the website it hosts, including malicious ads for example, and even manipulate it to attack websites.
- Data theft – 15.7% of all website attacks. The attackers breach into the database of a web app, to steal sensitive data about its users.
- Credential theft – 10.9% of all website attacks. The hacker exploits vulnerabilities in web browsers and plant malware that can steal usernames and passwords, alter the appearance of a website and even redirect users to websites that host phishing and malware.
- Vulnerability scanning – 0.4% of all website attacks. The hacker performs vulnerability scans on websites using specific tools; once they find vulnerabilities, they exploit them for targeted attacks.
Clearly, most of their criminal efforts are directed towards compromising large websites of companies and web service providers, but their ultimate goal is to reach you, the end user. All they want is to make a good profit off your gullibility, data and credentials, either by using them to target you in advertising campaigns, sell the data on the black market or get money from you in downright fraud.
17% of all Windows PCs don’t have antivirus defences
Is your PC one of them?
Another study on internet security shows that, at a global scale, 17% of all computers running Windows, on average, are not protected. Just think of all the threats they’re exposed to. We do all the time…
Here at BullGuard we urge you to not only install an effective antivirus program like BullGuard Antivirus 2013 that spots all types of malware and flags out all compromised sites in your search results, but also inform yourself about the threats you’re exposed to when you go online.
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