2005–Its almost over and what a tough year it was for both
network administrators and end users in terms of security. Leaks of financial data left over 50 million
accounts open for exploitation, phishing attacks have been steadily increasing
and bot nets have continued to grow.
While worm attacks have subsided we are seeing increasing trojan
infection taking hold with the help of client side exploits and vulnerabilities
(mostly in Internet Explorer). Once
infected, most of these machines will become part of a bot net, these are used
for various shady activities including the stealing of sensitive data (credit
card details etc), spamming and distributed denial of service attacks.
Its not just the Internet underworld who have caused a stir
this year, Sony BMG has came under heavy pressure when it was discovered that their
DRM (Digital Rights Management) software acted exactly as a malicious rootkit
would, installing itself without giving any notification to the user and
leaving no evidence of its activities.
Sony BMG has been forced to withdraw CDs incorporating the software in
question and proposed settlement for six cases filed against it in
the Southern District of New York.
What will 2006 bring us? I wont make any wild predictions, well just
have to wait and see!
Wishing everyone a happy new year.