Security Slideshow: Internet Security Threat Report: Mobile Attacks on the Rise

By Jennifer Lawinski  |  Posted 04-07-2011

286 million new threats

Polymorphism and Web attack toolkits drive up the number of distinct malware programs. In 2010, there were more than 286 million unique malicious programs.

286 million new threats

Web-based attacks

Web attack toolkits drove the 93 percent increase in the volume of Web-based attacks in 2010. Shortened URLs propelled the increase.

Web-based attacks

260,000

Hacking exposed an average of 260,000 individual identities per data breach in 2010.

260,000

14 new zero-day vulnerabilities

Zero-day vulnerabilities played a key role in targeted attacks, including Hydraq and Stuxnet. Stuxnet alone used four different zero-day vulnerabilities.

14 new zero-day vulnerabilities

6,253 new vulnerabilities

Symantec documented more vulnerabilities in 2010 than in any previous reporting period.

6,253 new vulnerabilities

Mobile vulnerabilities up 42%

As cybercriminals focus on the mobile space, the number of reported new mobile operating system vulnerabilities increased from 115 in 2009 to 163 in 2010.

Mobile vulnerabilities up 42%

One botnet with more than a million spambots

The year's largest botnet, Rustock, had more than one million bots under its control at one point. Others, such as Grum and Cutwail, had several hundreds of thousands of bots each.

One botnet with more than a million spambots

74% of spam is drug-related

Nearly three quarters of all spam in 2010 was related to pharmaceutical products, much of it related to Web sites and individual brands.

74% of spam is drug-related

$15 per 10,000 bots

Bots for sale! One ad offered 10,000 bot-infected computers for $15 in 2010. They could be used for spam or rogueware campaigns or for DDoS attacks.

$15 per 10,000 bots

$0.07 to $100 per credit card

Credit card data for sale on underground forums was priced based on factors including the rarity of the card and the number of accounts bundled together.

$0.07 to $100 per credit card