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Conficker Continues to be Prominent Threat, Reports F-Secure

The new Threat Report by F-Secure the security vendor highlights that worm Conficker, which has been into existence since six years, continues to be prominent among all security threats, being behind 38% of the total infections between January and June 2014.

Mikko Hypponen Chief Research Officer at F-Secure additionally stated that Conficker persisted to stay within areas where there continued to be high piracy incidences and voluminous legacy systems. Considering the number of Conficker infections, Brazil, say, ranked as No.1 country, according to him. Infosecurity-magazine.com reported this in news on September 8, 2014.

It has been found that innumerable PCs within more than 200 countries have contracted the Conficker infection.

The worm's longevity yet again emphasizes how important it is to maintain updated software on a computer in order that there are complete patches deployed for remedying old security vulnerabilities.

Hypponen added that anyone using counterfeit editions of software alternatively when the self-patching of the OS showed problems, in such situations there was increasing numbers of security problems.

Besides, Conficker isn't alone among age-old contaminations, as there is another threat such as Trojan.LNK that continues to pose danger on the Internet.

The Finland-based F-Secure in its first half of 2014 threat report discovered, in comparison, that infections from malevolent Java plug-ins within Web-browsers declined to merely 11% during January-June 2014 from 40% or more in 2013.

Eventually, according to Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor of F-Secure, Java's present editions are featured to pose excessive difficulties in their easy exploitation. Infosecurity-magazine.com reported this.

In other observations by the security company, Web-oriented assaults, wherein malicious software diverts hijacked browsers onto malware laden websites, were behind 20% of all infections.

The company also found that during H1-2014, ransomware attacks, in which victim's data is locked up while held for ransom sums for its unlocking, increased, and such attacks targeted not simply computers; however, mobile devices as well.

These ransomware assaults highlight how vital it is for securing data at all places, including government, business and household, the report outlines.

Finally, F-Secure, in its report, further reveals that India is the target of botnet centres.

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