The drive-by' attacks - harmful codes injected on websites to contaminate computers - are top of the list of cyber threats, according to the first outline of such attacks for 2011 and 2012 by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)(1). Published on 8 January, the document is a synthesis of 120 reports carried out by various European and international actors - the security industry, networks of excellence and standardisation bodies.

A drive-by attack is when harmful codes are injected to exploit the vulnerability of web users and thus contaminate PCs. These threats now affect mobile devices.

According to the ENISA, it is the biggest in the top ten threats in the field of emerging technologies (such as critical infrastructure, mobile devices and social media). After that come worm viruses - harmful...

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