Posted on behalf of Paul Wood, MessageLabs Intelligence Senior Analyst, Symantec Hosted Services
A few weeks ago, when Symantec announced our 2010 Predictions, I stated in my accompanying blog post that what we’ve seen this year was ugly (highlight with link to post). As I’ve worked with my team to draft the MessageLabs Intelligence Annual Security Report, I now realize that was an understatement. What we’ve seen this year is in fact horrendous. But nevertheless, it keeps us on our toes as we scan billions of messages and web connections each week.
While we’re always prepared for the worst, we can only anticipate what that may be. Looking back on it all in aggregation, is always a stern reminder that the bad guys are capable of more than we often give them credit for.
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