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Trojans Estimate for 61% for New Malware in 2010

According to the security firm PandaLabs, trojans estimate for around two-thirds (61%) of all latest malware recognized in Q1 (January-March) 2010. Most of these were the baking Trojans, as per the Q1 2010 report.

Technical Director of PandaLabs, Luis Corrons, said that that Banking trojans have proved to be a lot more beneficial for the hackers nowadays. They strive to produce numerous samples for dodging antivirus programs, as per the news published by PC ADVISOR on March 30, 2010.

Also, the threat researcher of PandaLabs, Sean-Paul Correll, said that the increasing prevalence of banker trojans indicates that online accounts of users as well as companies prove to be lucrative financial targets for hackers, as reported by PRNewswire on March 30, 2010.

The researcher further added that the extensive availability of DIY (Do it Yourself) kits on the Web has urged technical folks into the hacking business as seen in the Mariposa case.

To add to, in a period characterized by the rise of latest malware, conventional viruses made a comeback after having experienced a reduction in the recent years, estimating for 15.31% of the second largest section, the new variants.

Head of Panda Security's sub-Saharan operations, Jeremy Matthews, said that this virus activity is made to distract the attention of antivirus laboratories away from other risks, as per the news published by Panda Security on March 30, 2010. However, the strategy has proved to be a failure already as it has led to even greater use of resources in anti-malware labs.

In addition, PandaLabs stated that hackers used known topics like Facebook applications and Apple's iPad for circulating malware. The security firm also expects that hackers will continue to cheat on social networkers in circulating malware to other users throughout 2010.

Therefore, Corrons also suggested the Web users to renew their software, which includes OS, as and when a new patch was made accessible, instead of selecting the 'remind me later option'. In addition, Internet users are also recommended to be more careful and apply common sense while clicking on attached links or while revealing private details to unknown senders.

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