Website Attackers Move to the Cloud While Malware Attacks Fall – Website Security Threat Report 2015

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This post uses information taken from the Symantec Website Security Threat Report 2014 Part One.

2014 saw a change in tactics for those attempting to attack websites and their users. While the number of websites infected with malware decreased almost 50% (from 1 in 566 to 1 in 1126), the number of web attacks decreased by just 13%. This means that each infected website was responsible for many more attacks compared to 2013.


The reason is a huge change of tactics by cyber criminals, who are now using web attack toolkits that are designed to be used in the cloud as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). These SaaS toolkits use a HTML iframe tag or some obfuscated JavaScript in order to inject malicious code from the SaaS-based exploit toolkit rather than launch the malicious attack directly from exploit code hosted on the compromised website itself.

In terms of the most exploited categories of websites, the attackers are also keeping up with the tech trends. We have seen ‘anonymizer’ websites – which are used to increase web users’ online privacy – break into the top 10 for the first time while automotive sites have dropped out of the top 10.


For much more information on the website security landscape and how you can keep your website visitors safe download the first part of the WSTR here.


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