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Malware Soars in Second Quarter of 2010

On August 10, 2010, McAfee Inc. released its McAfee Threats Report for Second Quarter of 2010. The report stated that malware touched the highest levels that made the first half of 2010 ost active year for total malware production.

The report reveals that malware consistently rose in Q2 2010 because 10 Million pieces of malware were catalogued in the first half of 2010. Steady with Q1, 2010, threats on detachable (portable storage) devices remained the most famous malware, followed by forged antivirus application and social media based malware.

With nearly 55,000 new malware appear daily, password-stealing trojans and AutoRun malware stand out as the Top Two malware threats.

Besides malware, the report released spam statistics. For the circulation of spam, the report states that hackers exploited the excitement and thrill surrounding the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and used several techniques to promote search-engine poisoning and scams. the most fascinating kinds of spam varied from one country to another country with some striking revelations.

For example, non-delivery receipt spam also represented the most famous scam in the USA, Italy, Spain, China, Britain, Brazil, Germany and Australia. Malware spam prompting users to visit a malicious website was the mot famous in Colombia, India, South Korea, Russia and Vietnam.

Argentina had the most variety in spam, with almost 16 varied topics ranging from drugs to lonely women to diplomas. With only six kinds of spam, Italy recorded the minimum variety of spam.

Q2-2010 witnessed the reappearance of two "dead" botnets Storm Worm and Kraken. Both of them were once considered among the biggest botnets on the planet, both have again soared up.

According to the news published by Venture beat on August 10, 2010, Mike Gallagher, Senior Vice President Global Threat Intelligence for McAfee stated that this is very clear that hackers have become more aware about the general public's passion for technology and using it to entice innocent users.

Further, he added that these discoveries implied that cybercrime education should be more prevalent, and security organizations must shift from a reactive to a predictive security strategy.

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