25 Percent of PCs within UK have Malware, Reports PandaLabs
According to the Q1-2012 report by PandaLabs, nearly one PC in every batch of 4 inside UK has some form of infection. The study indicates that 23%-or-so of the British computers have malware; however, the infection rate is low solely in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. In China there's maximum malware infection where over 50% of the PCs have been compromised.
Possibly, they're Trojans that cause the infections. According to PandaLabs, it has detected more than 6m distinct malicious programs of which 80% represent Trojans. The next malware to proliferate the maximum are worms, while on No.3 are viruses. Overall, it seems cyber-criminals are utilizing more-and-more of stealthy Trojans for seizing money and personal credentials, while the utilization of worms/viruses is continuously declining.
PandaLabs, through its report, also outlines a number of most dangerous security incidents, which took place in Q1-2012. Among these, ransomware assaults increased dramatically from the earlier Q4-2011 that the company holds the 'Police Virus' responsible for. This malware exhibits logo-embedded e-mails supposedly from agencies of globally functioning law enforcement for deceiving recipients into thinking the police has locked their computers because the machines accessed unsuitable websites alternatively made unlawful downloads. For retrieving control of the hijacked computers, end-users must pay a penalty of around 100 euros alternatively 100 pounds, the virus-laced e-mails indicate.
There's also the instance of Megaupload covered in the report along with cyber-war as well as the most recent operations of the LulzSec and Anonymous hackers' syndicates.
Furthermore, PandaLabs states that the social-networking website Facebook keeps on being most popular, while simultaneously, cyber-criminals also prefer it the maximum. During January 2012, one PC-worm reportedly emerged, which filched more than 45,000 login credentials from Facebook. Once the Facebook accounts were infected, it was suspected that the cyber-criminals used them for dispatching web-links to the friends of victims for disseminating the PC-worm wider.
Technical Director Luis Corrons of PandaLabs said that hitherto in 2012, the security trends had been a continuation from 2011, with cyber-criminals' attempts at filching users' cash and personal information yet being through any way they got their hands on, published Bizjournals.com dated May 7, 2012.
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