New research from web and email security firm IronPort has revealed a worrying rise in so-called "whaling" attacks, and web site hacks which lead users to malicious sites.
IT Week got exclusive access to the UK findings of IronPort's quarterly Spam, Viruses and Malware report before its release next month. The report highlights a growing number of SQL injection attacks on legitimate web sites.
Steer also warned that criminal gangs are running the bot nets responsible for sending spam and launching denial of service attacks with increasing sophistication, thus making their detection increasingly difficult.
This third generation of bot nets is virtually impossible to track and shut down because "there's no way of going after the head" of the network, he explained.
IronPort's research also pointed to a growing number of whaling attacks – a form of phishing targeted specifically at individual executives in large corporations. In this case the fraudulent emails are sent to trick recipients into clicking on a link which takes them to a site where their personal details and any corporate information residing on their PCs can be harvested.
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Web site hacks on the rise
By Phil Muncaster on May 22, 2008 9:45AM