[Video] 44% of 2014 Cyber Attacks come from Germany and the USA
Almost half of cyber-attacks are being launched from Germany and the USA, according to a 2014 report from Kaspersky Lab.
This year the company saw a considerable growth in the number of malicious attacks on users’ computer and mobile devices, further development of financial malware and a change in the vectors of web attacks.
In 2013, most web attacks were carried out using malicious web resources located in the USA and Russia, while in 2014 Germany hosted more malicious sites than anywhere except the USA. The Netherlands has remained in third place.
Some key figures include:
- 6.2 billon malicious attacks on users’ computer and mobile devices were blocked by Kaspersky Lab antivirus products in 2014, one billion more than in 2013.
- 38 percent of user computers were subjected to at least one web attack over the year.
- 44 per cent of web attacks neutralised by Kaspersky Lab products were carried out using malicious web resources located in the US (27.5 percent of all attacks) and Germany (16.6 percent). The Netherlands (13.4 percent) came third.
- Attempts to steal money via online access to bank accounts were blocked on almost 2,000,000 user computers.
- Kaspersky Lab products protected their users from an average of 3.9 million internet-based attacks a day.
- Kaspersky Lab's web antivirus detected over 123,000,000 unique malicious objects: 74 per cent of them were found at malicious URLs.
- A total of 3.7 million attempts to infect OS X- based computers were blocked by Kaspersky Lab products
- An average Mac user encountered nine threats during the year
- Kaspersky Lab solutions blocked 1.4 million attacks on Android-based devices, four times as many as last year.
In terms of mobile, Kaspersky found 295,500 new mobile malicious programs in 2014, 2.8 times as many as in 2013, while the number of Trojans jumped nine-fold to 12,100. One in five Android users experience some form of threat to their device.
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GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”