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Scareware Increased Immensely During Q2-2011, Reports Kaspersky

In its most recent Q2-2011 quarterly report, Kaspersky Labs outlines that scareware, meaning fake anti-virus software that the company spotted worldwide had started to rise in number during Q2-2011 (April-June 2011). Also, computer operators whose systems thwarted the efforts for loading bogus software rose 300% within only 3 months. This surge in scareware attacks started during March 2011, while the numerical figure of the assaults keeps on increasing.

Moreover, different from 2009 when cyber miscreants attempted at contaminating PCs with scareware across all countries, the present day cyber-criminals concentrate on infecting end-users within Canada, USA and UK, names of developed countries, Kaspersky further outlines.

Also, it was in 2008 when the first scareware appeared as it attacked Mac OS X and then for an enormous length of period subsequently, there wasn't any new scareware to attack the systems. Nevertheless, during Q2-2011, anti-virus analysts spotted a number of products in close succession such as MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector, and so on.

Further, according to the report's results, India belonged to the Top Ten List of nations where people's PCs were most endangered with local infection i.e., contamination from malware. Thus, one in every 2 PCs across the country happened to be endangered with malware contamination once for the minimum during the last 3 months.

In fact, according to Senior Virus Analyst Yury Namestnikov at Kaspersky Lab, during the recent years, cyber-criminals have been constantly targeting India where computers are constantly rising in number. Other reasons for the growing attacks vis-à-vis India are lack of sufficient computer literacy in general and counterfeit software that's prevalent sans making them up-to-date. Additionally, Namestnikov said that botnet operators found that in India there were several million un-patched or un-guarded PCs that could be running within networks of zombie computers for a long time-period. Sys-con.com published this during the 2nd-week of August 2011.

Eventually, the report shares some knowledge about a favorable happening, which the security company Kaspersky observed during the second quarter of 2011. This was the Japanese Diet (name of parliament) passing a law that introduced disciplinary actions against the designing as well as saving of malicious software.

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