Study: Growth In Social Networking, Mobile and Infrastructure Attacks Threaten Corporate Security In 2011

IID (Internet Identity), a provider of technology and services that help organizations secure Internet presence, recently released its list of the top enterprise security trends for 2011. Some specific areas that IID predicts significant spikes in attacks are social networking, mobile, and enterprise infrastructure. Below is the IID list of its top enterprise security risks to watch out for in 2011 (in no particular order):

1) Bank-Oriented Social Networking Attacks. With the growth of social networks, banks are getting on the bandwagon and using these networks to cater to their customers. But beware, there will be fakes that will utilize social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to try to infect victims with malware and trick people into giving up their vital personal information like bank logins, social security numbers, etc.

2) Mobile Malware. Cyber crooks will cash in on the app craze even more in 2011, targeting mobile phones for malicious software (malware) attacks. They have already figured out ways to disguise malware as legitimate apps, and then steal account and login information or get victim phones to make expensive phone calls without the phone's owner ever knowing a thing. IID expects to see more and more rogue apps, along with attacks crafted to go after vulnerabilities in the smart phones’ operating systems or popular apps.

3) Infrastructure Hijackings. Expect DNS (Domain Name System) and BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) attacks to grab headlines in 2011. As the translator between domain names and IP addresses, DNS is the glue that holds everything together on the Internet, from keeping time to conducting transactions to transmitting messages to sharing corporate and consumer data. By hijacking these DNS translations, attackers can drive unsuspecting surfers and corporate users to malicious sites, making large parts of the Internet largely useless or insecure. BGP is essentially the routing system for the Internet. Much like DNS, when BGP is hijacked, everything from websites to e-mail to instant messages can be rerouted.

4) Growing Pains with DNSSEC. There will be problems implementing DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) properly because of technical challenges, industry resistance to change and implementation problems. DNSSEC is being marketed as the silver bullet to stop DNS cache poisoning attacks -- where criminals can hijack a domain, email and much more.

5) Zeus Reborn. The person who wrote Zeus -- the malicious software used to steal more than $100 million so far in 2010 – says he is retiring from using Zeus. But don't believe the ruse. There is a good chance the programmer or a close associate will soon emerge with even more powerful ways to steal.

6) Sophisticated Mule Recruitment. In the world of phishing, a mule -- or money mule, to be more precise -- is the person who does the legwork of transferring the money from a phished bank account to a foreign bank account, typically through an intermediary money wire system like Western Union. IID expects more sophisticated mule recruiting operations in the coming year since moving money has been the biggest obstacle to criminals cleaning out bank accounts over the past year.

7) ACH Fraud Growth. Cyber criminals have found ACH (Automated Clearing House) fraud to be a simple way to swindle money from users. IID sees this scheme continuing for the foreseeable future due to its simplicity and the criminals’ ability to make millions of dollars from just a handful of ACH fraud victims.

8) Law Enforcement Busts. There has been a lot of money and manpower invested into fighting cybercrime by U.S. federal law enforcement as well as other countries over the past few years. Expect a continued uptick in taking cybercriminals down over the next year.

9) Extended Enterprise Problems on the Rise. Cyber criminals often take an indirect approach to compromise their targets by focusing on those targets’ trusted partners, vendors and others (the Extended Enterprise) that have access to valuable data. As enterprises strengthen their defenses against direct attacks, IID expects to see an increase in indirect attacks against the Extended Enterprise – essentially opening up a “back door” security vulnerability.

10) Malvertising Growth. Malvertising, the distribution of malware via fake online ads, grew steadily in 2010 with the volume of detected incidents more than quadrupling over the year. IID expects this growth to continue, as cybercriminals capitalize on the rapid growth in online advertising and compromised websites to distribute malware.


  • Maximizing Your Security Budget This Year

    7 Ways You Can Secure a High-Traffic Commercial Security Gate  

    Your commercial security gate is one of your most powerful tools to keep thieves off your property. Without a security gate, your commercial perimeter security plan is all for nothing. Read Now

  • Survey: Only 13 Percent of Research Institutions Are Prepared for AI

    A new survey commissioned by SHI International and Dell Technologies underscores the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) while exposing significant gaps in preparedness at many research institutions. Read Now

  • Survey: 70 Percent of Organizations Have Established Dedicated SaaS Security Teams

    Seventy percent of organizations have prioritized investment in SaaS security, establishing dedicated SaaS security teams, despite economic uncertainty and workforce reductions. This was a key finding in the fourth Annual SaaS Security Survey Report: 2025 CISO Plans and Priorities released today by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. Read Now

  • Mobile Applications Are Empowering Security Personnel

    From real-time surveillance and access control management to remote monitoring and communications, a new generation of mobile applications is empowering security personnel to protect people and places. Mobile applications for physical security systems are emerging as indispensable tools to enhance safety. They also offer many features that are reshaping how modern security professionals approach their work. Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity


New Products

  • 4K Video Decoder

    3xLOGIC’s VH-DECODER-4K is perfect for use in organizations of all sizes in diverse vertical sectors such as retail, leisure and hospitality, education and commercial premises. 3

  • ResponderLink


    Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), an company and a global leader in gunshot detection solutions, has introduced ResponderLink, a groundbreaking new 911 notification service for gunshot events. ResponderLink completes the circle from detection to 911 notification to first responder awareness, giving law enforcement enhanced situational intelligence they urgently need to save lives. Integrating SDS’s proven gunshot detection system with Noonlight’s SendPolice platform, ResponderLink is the first solution to automatically deliver real-time gunshot detection data to 911 call centers and first responders. When shots are detected, the 911 dispatching center, also known as the Public Safety Answering Point or PSAP, is contacted based on the gunfire location, enabling faster initiation of life-saving emergency protocols. 3

  • Camden CV-7600 High Security Card Readers

    Camden CV-7600 High Security Card Readers

    Camden Door Controls has relaunched its CV-7600 card readers in response to growing market demand for a more secure alternative to standard proximity credentials that can be easily cloned. CV-7600 readers support MIFARE DESFire EV1 & EV2 encryption technology credentials, making them virtually clone-proof and highly secure. 3