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PandaLabs - Malware Authors Busier than Ever Before

According to PandaLabs' IT security report for the past quarter, creators of malicious software are setting fresh records in designing new methods for infecting end-users' PCs with malicious programs and reaping good revenues from them.

PandaLabs has estimated 5 Million new malware samples for July-September 2009 of which banking trojans have a sizeable share (number). The laboratory stated that trojans accounted for 38% of the total malware infections; adware for 18.68%; and worms -14%.

PandaLabs also reveals in its malware report that the region with the largest malware detections was Taiwan at 29%, followed by the UK and US at 25% each.

According to the report, the proportion of worms has slightly declined, accounting for 4.23% during Q3-2009 compared to 4.40% during Q2-2009. On the other side, spyware programs have grown like never before in 2009, increasing from 6.90% to 9.16%.

Nevertheless, adware has declined a little from 16.37% to 13.13% but it continued to be the second most detected malware group during 2009.

The danger associated with malware infection keeps worsening. Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, said that they were currently getting about 50,000 new malware strains daily as opposed to 37,000 only some months back. He therefore said that an improvement in the situation was quite unlikely during the next few months, as reported by InfoSecurity on October 2, 2009.

Since August, Non Delivery Report (NDR) traffic was increasingly detected to a maximum of 2,000%, according to Panda's quarterly report. NDR is used by cyber criminals for spam operations. In September, a fresh zero-day vulnerability was spotted that impacted Microsoft's Windows operating systems, covering all between Vista and Windows 2008, and it could let execution of remote code.

Further, cyber criminals are putting all efforts to infect as many PCs as possible, exploiting security flaws, employing social engineering tactics within unsolicited spam mails, social-networking websites and search engines via Blackhat SEO methods, the report states.

The continuous growth in malicious programs is hampering the security of computers since Panda Security observed the number of infected computers rise 15% globally between August and September 2009.

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