Cyberthreats are on the rise as hackers target mobile, social networks

04/6/2011 |

Global networks faced more than 286 million cyberthreats last year as attackers employed more sophisticated methods that make malware harder to detect and more difficult to remove, Symantec reports. The number of Web-based attacks increased 93% in 2010, and malware writers have been turning their attention to social-networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, where it's estimated that 17% of links are connected to malware, according to the security firm's annual threat review. Mobile threats were also increasingly common, with hackers using trojans disguised as applications to infect Android phones.

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