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G Data Software Report Highlights Malware on Surge During 2010

As per a latest report issued by G Data Software, a new malware for computers equipped with Windows operating system is launched on average every 15 seconds by cybercrooks. This outcome 2,093,444 marks an increase of 32% compared to 2009, which is a new record.

However, the augment decreased to a single digit percentage range during the H2- 2010. During H2-2010, the number of novel malware programs augmented by 1,076,236. This number is 5,849 per day on average. However, in view of the distribution across individual months, it is clear that the augment has considerably reduced since Q2- 2009, i.e. to 16% compared to the last year (2008) and only 6% over than H1- 2010.

Adware was the most rapidly augmenting (+66%) malware category during the H2-2010, touching new horizons since the first half of 2009. On the whole, it stood at the 6th place in terms of most active categories of 2010.

Commenting on the whole matter, Eddy Willems, Security Evangelist at the G Date Security Labs stated that, the malware industry might have reached its maximum growth value. He further added that, for circulators of malware, there appeared to be no logic in spending further into the improvement and installation of new and latest malware, but still they (security experts) can't give all clear, as reported by MarketWire on February 10, 2011.

Furthermore, the report also highlighted that the attacks are progressively taking place via security holes in the Java Platform and the flaw will persist troubling the platform during 2011.

Eddy further commented that, Java rules the computer market. He stated that around 8 of 10 systems globally have a Java plug-in installed. As per him, security experts anticipate a considerable increase in the number of Java-based malware during the next few months. Eddy stated that users should immediately install security updates as soon they become accessible to close any kind of security holes in Java as immediately as possible, as reported by MarketWire on February 10, 2011.

Apart from these attacks, cybercrooks will continue to concentrate on social networking websites to maintain the growth momentum of spam and malware during 2011. The augmented access to data or information and interconnection of services that used to be independent of each other makes individuals and organizations more prone to highly effectual cyber attacks and threats.

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» SPAMfighter News - 19-02-2011

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