NetworkWorld - Zeus, Koobface, Conficker: How to fight


(30-Dec-09) Cisco highlighted the top security threats of 2009 by presenting Cybercrime Showcase Awards as part of its Annual Security Report.

12 of the biggest data breaches in the past 12 months

Two positive and two not-so-positive categories were included. Awards went to the Conficker Working Group for the "Cybercrime Sign of Hope" and Washington Post journalist Brian Krebs as the "Cybercrime Hero."

Zeus and Koobface won the "Most Audacious Criminal Operation" and "Most Notable Criminal Innovation" awards, respectively.

Threats like Conficker, Zeus and Koobface may be audacious, notable and innovative, but traditional tried-and-true methods of defence continue to be the best means for fighting back.

The top three technological things enterprises can do to protect themselves are "basic, tried-and-true, dyed-in-the-wool" solutions, said James Quinn, senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group Ltd.

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