A widespread fake antivirus campaign has hit more than 200,000 websites and about 30,000 unique web hosts, according to a security company. The virus attack has infected thousands of users who have WordPress Installed on their computers.
Attendees of the RSA Conference in San Francisco earlier this month discussed what types of security threats would still reign in 2012, and the top concern, according to Notebook Review, is idealistic young "hactivists" who will continue to attack internet security across the world to get their point across.
Although antivirus software will protect against many viruses, bugs and other pieces of malware, Neil Rubenking writes on PCMag that companies and individuals should know about the other types of viruses that could creep up. Users should invest in internet security to make sure they are well defended against these viruses.
Showing the importance of antivirus software for schools, the Diocese of Charleston in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, reportedly received malware that showed inappropriate images to children in a sixth grade class. Schools should be sure to secure their servers and computers to make sure this doesn't happen.
The human factor may be the biggest risk to internet security, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute. The study, The Human Factor in Data Protection, said 78 percent of companies surveyed blame employee behavior, accidental and intentional for at least one data breach over the last two years.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is one of the last places people would think could experience an internet security breach, but hackers with IP addresses in China allegedly took control of this lab in November 2011, according to the inspector general of NASA.
A story on Wired.com wonders if antivirus software is an antiquated need for businesses, but quickly answers that question by saying that yes, they do need antivirus software and much more to stay safe.
The need for mobile antivirus software is becoming more and more apparent every day. If people haven't been hit themselves yet, Forbes reports that both Android and mobile malware has been on the rise since early 2011.
Internet security may be one of the important issues in the world right now, as FBI director Robert Mueller warned people at the RSA Conference in San Francisco that the threat of cyber crime rivals terrorism as a national security threat.
If it wasn't evident before that Internet security and antivirus software was needed when surfing the web, it certainly is after reading through Verizon's 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report, which was released this week. The report said malware and hacking were the most common types of data breach in 2011.
Internet security and antivirus software becomes much more important when it comes to small and mid-sized businesses, as a security breach can go a long way toward bringing one of these companies down. A new survey by IT services company GFI Software said 44 percent of U.S. businesses said their networks have been breached due to malware-laden spam.
According to one cybersecurity expert, online spammers and hackers are not the greatest threat to internet security. Instead, Bruce Schneider, a security technologist, told a crowd at the RSA Conference that "Big Data companies, poorly thought out government regulations, and the cyberwar arms race," were the biggest threats, according to CRN.