Spam Down, Java Exploits up in 2010: Cisco
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Networking giant Cisco offered some hopeful news on the cybersecurity front on Thursday with the release of its annual report detailing trends in online threats.
The firm concluded that the overall threat level was lower in 2010 than the previous year. It also found that the overall volume of spam declined, thanks in large part to the shutdown of eight prolific spam producing operations.
What's more, Cisco researchers not that spam filters are doing an admirable job of keeping unwanted and potentially dangerous messages out of people's inboxes.
Additionally, Cisco noted that throughout 2010, Adobe's PDF fell out of favor with attackers, who came increasingly to target Java vulnerabilities, capitalizing on published exploit code and a somewhat erratic patch process.
"The Java patch cycle is not as finely honed as perhaps it could be," said Cisco researcher Mary Landesman.