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Trojans Represented Most Internet Threats during Q2-2013, Reports PandaLabs

PandaLabs, which recently declared its Q2 2013 Threat Report, concludes that in the record levels of malware creation, between April and June 2013, Trojans were behind the majority of infections.

The security company states that the most widely exploited malware is still Trojans, contributing a 77.2% share in the total freshly crafted malware as well as a 79.70% share in total malware infections, implying that nearly 8 users within a batch of 10 become contaminated with Trojan. Ranking as No.2 are worms, accounting for slightly more than 11% of all fresh malware, while viruses are at 10.29%.

One more interesting revelation relates to the total number of fresh malicious programs that reportedly keeps on increasing. During Q2 2013, an additional 12% of malicious programs were crafted over Q2 2012. Moreover, taking both Q1 (Jan-March) and Q2 (April-June) data of 2013 in combination, the rise over 2012 happens to touch 17%.

Remarking about this discovery, Technical Director Luis Corrons of PandaLabs stated that cyber crooks chiefly utilized Trojans for infecting computer operators, constantly innovating threats for eschewing detection, while within numerous incidences, making the Trojan-modifying procedure automatic. They utilized special tools and scripts so the binaries could be altered as they ran on victims' PCs for bypassing anti-viruses' signature-based detections, the expert added. Softpedia.com published this dated September 27, 2013.

The global contamination rate too rose just to 32.77% from 31.13%, with China experiencing the maximum computers infected at 52% while Turkey and Peru experienced the next counts at 43% and 42% respectively. Among the countries coming last in experiencing malware infection were, Sweden at 21%, Norway and Germany.

Moreover, talking about China, the country received slight relief from being key cyber espionage player during Q2 2013 following the exposure of spying software from National Security Agency (NSA), says PandaLabs.

Corrons explained that China remained in several of the news captions with respect to cyber espionage, though during Q2 2013, United States was caught in the headlines following exposures regarding its NSA's PRISM applications, which were employed for the agency to acquire users' credentials from the YouTube, Facebook else Skype platforms.

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