Cupertino, CA – April 17, 2012 – This quarter saw a significant shift in the way the security industry approaches targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats, which are now viewed more as a long-term, on-going campaign versus the typical “smash-and-grab incidents” favored by cybercriminals in the past, according to the Trend Micro Q1 2012 Security Roundup Report, available in full here.
According to the report, Q1’s visible events – Linsanity, Whitney Houston’s death, and sociopolitical upheavals around the world – gave cybercriminals new social-engineering campaign material, equipping them to penetrate and or infect users and networks in order to access victim’s data.
The report also noted that cybercriminals who launch APTs will often keep track of the different attacks within a campaign in order to determine which individual attack compromised a specific victim’s network. The Luckycat campaign, in particular, attacked a diverse set of targets using a variety of malware, some of which have been linked to other cyber-espionage campaigns.
Notable trends in Q1 2012:
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