Security Roundup: IE exploits have already increased 100% since 2013

Web browsers have always been a favourite avenue of attack, says Bromium
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This week we take a look at the increase in exploits in Internet Explorer, a new Facebook video scam, and more.

New research from Bromium Labs has determined that IE vulnerabilities and exploits have already increased more than 100 per cent since 2013.

“End users remain a primary concern for information security professionals because they are the most targeted and most susceptible to attacks,” said Rahul Kashyap, chief security architect, Bromium.

“Web browsers have always been a favourite avenue of attack, but we are now seeing that hackers are not only getting better at attacking Internet Explorer, they are doing it more frequently.”

Facebook users are also being targeted by attacks, with the latest one appearing in the form of a Trojan disguising itself as a funny video. A recent Bitdefender report explains that once this ‘video’ is clicked, users are directed to a fake YouTube page, which then redirects them to a malicious Fash Player.exe for an Adobe ‘update’.

The malware, thought to originate from Albania, can access a large amount of data from the user’s internet browser.

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  • KPMG’s Malcolm Marshall has warned that: “Businesses are so focused on cyber attacks by organised crime that it is easy for them to ignore the possibility of being targeted by groups wanting to make a political point, possibly even with backing from a hostile Government.”
  • Kaspersky Lab is warning holidaymakers of fraudulent email attachments from ‘booking services’ that may contain Trojan spyware.