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Latest News It may not be Tony Soprano on the Web, but a new security report finds that wise-guy hackers have become increasingly organized. Additionally, they have more targets to hit on the Internet, according to Marc Fossi, a Symantec Security researcher. Fossi is editor of the "Symantec Global Internet Security Threat Report: Trends for 2009, Volume XV," which was released on Tuesday. The 97-page report can be accessed here.

"Once the malicious activity takes root, it's really difficult to get rid of it, and we're seeing that increasingly on the Internet," Fossi said. "As everybody gets more and more connected between different computer networks, it just increases the attack surface and more information stored on various sources becomes vulnerable or targeted."

According to the report, the U.S. is once again No. 1 with the most malicious activity on the Internet. China and Brazil came in second and third place, respectively.

Key Findings

Vulnerabilities in browser-based applications represent the fastest-rising information security flaws anywhere, the report found.

The biggest increase in malicious code was concentrated in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. EMEA now leads the world in the overall volume of new viruses, worms and trojans created. The United States was found to be home to the most botnet command and control servers. It's also the most frequent target in denial-of-service attacks, according to the report.

Corrupt code, which is sold and distributed over the Internet, is becoming more widely available. Symantec found that 2.9 million new threats were developed last year in coded form. The code can become "more complex and dangerous" through additional alterations.

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