"I have a nasty feeling that the situation is getting worse, not better", says Mikko Hypp?nen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure Corporation. "However, we're not giving up either."
The first half of 2008 has witnessed a growing number of targeted malware attacks on individuals, companies, and organizations. In a targeted malware attack, the attacker profiles his victim and sends an e-mail using the recipient's name, title, and perhaps references to his job function. The message's content is typically something that the recipient would expect to receive via e-mail.
Targeted malware attacks are also being used for political and military motives. During the recent clashes between Tibetans and the Chinese military, the battles on the streets were accompanied by political espionage on the Internet. Human rights groups, pro-Tibet organizations and individuals supporting the freedom of Tibet were attacked with a carefully targeted and technically advanced e-mail campaign that attempted to infect their computers in order to spy on their actions.
Additionally the first half of 2008 brought some new ways to infect PC?s, as well as "jailbreaking" for mobile phones.
The full 2008 first half data security wrap-up is available at http://www.f-secure.com/2008/