Monday, December 8, 2008

Self-PWNAGE Rampant

Vulnerabilities play only a minor role in malware spread

"Computer users are their own worst enemies, a security company warned today, as it released data that shows software bugs were the source of just 5% of the past year's infections.

"The majority of the attacks carried out by 2008's top 100 pieces of malware were caused by users surfing to malicious sites and then accepting some kind of download, Trend Micro Inc. researchers said today.

"From Jan. 1 to Nov. 25, the top 100 attack programs infected 53% of their victims by duping them into downloading something from the Internet. An additional 12% of the infections tracked globally were caused by users opening e-mail attachments."

More at ComputerWorld...

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