Trend Micro Q1 2013 Security Roundup Report Highlights Concerns over Zero-Day Vulnerabilities and Increasingly Destructive

Trend Micro Q1 2013 Security Roundup Report Highlights Concerns over Zero-Day
             Vulnerabilities and Increasingly Destructive Attacks

Zero-days progress into attack kits before patches are available

PR Newswire

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 23, 2013

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --According to Trend Micro's
(TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) Q1 2013 Security Roundup Report, the company's
researchers raised the alarm about zero-day vulnerabilities in addition to
concerns about the recent concentrated attack in South Korea. Collectively,
these events demonstrate that zero-day vulnerabilities remain a threat while
attack innovations are growing in sophistication, intensity and severity.

Trend Micro's synopsis of prominent Q1 threats, includes:

Zero-Day Attacks
New attacks against Oracle's Java and Adobe's Flash Player, Acrobat and Reader
reveal that vulnerabilities are emerging faster than they can be patched and
are quickly being incorporated into professional attack kits such as the
"Black Hole Exploit Kit."

"Of course Java is cross-platform and that is somewhat attractive to
criminals, but what is really attractive is its vulnerabilities and its
ubiquity," said Rik Ferguson, Trend Micro's VP, Security Research. "This
definitely won't be the last zero-day vulnerability in Java and it won't be
the end of the vast attack surface that it currently offers to criminals."

Attacks on South Korea
The high-profile attacks executed in South Korea this March reinforce that
theft is no longer the sole focus of hacking efforts, but rather these
breaches are also designed to cripple critical networks via innovative
techniques including:

  oMultiplatform focus such as UNIX and LINUX
  oSpecific countermeasures for installed security software
  oHijacking of patch management systems

"Given the capability of what took place in South Korea, it is likely that
increasingly destructive attacks will continue to be a threat," said Tom
Kellermann, VP, Cyber Security. "With each quarter, attacks are becoming
bolder and more targeted, pointing to concerns far beyond the compromise of
personal data."

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