Report: VeriSign ravaged by hackers in 2010
A recent Reuters report indicated that VeriSign, which is responsible for ensuring people access more than half of the world's websites securely, was the victim of repeated online security attacks in 2010.
The news source said the breaches were revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing in October. Former VeriSign chief technology officer Ken Silva told Reuters he was not aware of such attacks until he was contacted for an interview.
"It was the most striking disclosure to emerge in a review by Reuters of more than 2,000 documents mentioning breach risks since the SEC guidance was published," the report stated.
Reuters added that the VeriSign breaches are especially noteworthy because the company stores customer information and research regarding global cybercrime groups.
Despite the SEC's efforts to disclose security breaches to the public for greater response capabilities, security threats continue to evolve at a rapid pace. A recent study conducted by an IT solutions vendor indicated that attacks in 2011 were commonly launched through popular platforms, such as social media and mobile devices and 3.5 new threats were released every second.