The 2012/09/27 at 09:02
An offer more adapted to mobility needs, including extensive protection on social networks, a shield for warding off outside attacks on various digital media forms (photos, videos...). The IT security specialist Norton is trumpeting its new range of solutions aimed at optimal protection against the evolving dangers of cybercrime. Services on offer include, for example, anti-swindling functions that warn users when a potentially dangerous web site is detected, whether it be new or as yet unknown by the community of Norton users. Sensitive personal data such as bank details, login names or passwords can no longer be stolen.
In the professional world, small businesses in particular were, until now, poorly informed about these disastrous realities, and for this reason, seen as ideal targets. Voluntary or involuntary downloads by users can generate costs ranging from 500 euros to several thousand euros. The protagonists of this malevolent cyber-behaviour generally only extract small sums from the one person as such sums are much more likely to be overlooked than abnormally large sums. By playing on a mass effect, they can transform these trifling amounts into one big stash. Security solutions targeting this type of threat is all the more useful as the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, consisting in professionals bringing their own mobile devices to the workplace and then exporting data relating to the company to the outside world, is gaining ground in SMEs, exposing their sometimes strategic information to risks.
Other lesser known dangers include social networks, increasingly used by businesses. "Cybercriminals are changing their tactics today, now targeting mobile phone platforms that are taking off, as well as social networks whose users are less aware of the risks they are running," explains Laurent Heslault, Security Expert at Symantec, the editor of Norton solutions. "The year 2012 has seen the vulnerability of mobile devices almost double in the space of one year," he adds. Protection against attacks and swindling attempts such as "likejacking" (which consists in tricking users to click on the "like" button on social networks), as well as malicious messages or publications, is integrated into the new range offered by the company. Another innovation: a smart firewall and reinforced support for technology supplying information on the reputations of IP addresses as well as files, web sites and domain names.
These innovations have been born into a context where technological threats are seeming to spread, namely with the growing diversification of media and devices exposed to risk. According to Symantec's yearly survey published in September 2012, losses relating to cybercrime in France came to 2.5 billion euros in the last twelve months, and affected over 10 million persons, with each victim suffering an average financial loss of 247 euros. Every second, 18 cybernauts somewhere in the world are the victims of malevolent online acts, in other words over one and a half million persons every day. In the last twelve months, 556 million adults were the targets of cybercriminals, in other words, more than the total number of inhabitants in the European Union.
Innovative forms of attacks are multiplying, namely those perpetrated via social networks or mobile devices. The authors of these acts are turning more to the platforms currently gaining in popularity. In France, one cybernaut out of ten has been the victim of an attack on a social network or a mobile device in the last twelve months. 11 % of social network users have indicated an attempt to hijack their account or to steal their identity with illicit usage of their profile. Only 41 % of cybernauts in question have adopted a security solution aiming to protect themselves from this type for attack. As for mobile devices, 57 % of users claim that they have received a message from an unknown person inviting them to click on a link or to call an unknown number. The survey's conclusions reveal that many Internet users are unaware that cybercriminal techniques have evolved in recent years. "In the past, malware caused visible damage on computers. Methods have evolved so that detection is avoided for as long as possible," points out Laurent Heslault. Yet beyond security solutions, recourse to the right reflexes remains too rare even though these constitute the best form of protection. 49 % of French persons online do not use sufficiently complex passwords or else fail to change their passwords regularly.