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Internet Threat Volumes Overwhelm Security Companies

A dramatically high amount of malware is being pushed onto the Internet. The sheer volume has overwhelmed computer security companies to the extent that they are unable to keep pace with the increasing new threats to develop the appropriate anti-malware solutions. By the same reason even computers, which have anti-virus software installed in them are susceptible to the new infections, said Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs in a press release. PR Newswire published the release on May 4, 2007.

Adware that accounted for 27% of total infections in April 2007 is very convenient to distribute, said Corrons. It poses as an actual tool. Users often do not know that that this malware poses risk to their confidentiality. Therefore, they are not sufficiently quick to eliminate them. It is because of this reason that cyber criminals widely use and distribute adware. Networking News published this in news on May 4, 2007.

The other major threats currently are Trojans, says PandaLabs' April 2007 report. In the past few months this malware has resulted in a steady growth of infections.

A new kind of hackers designs these malware very artistically. They have matured from developing viruses in the basements seeking fame. These criminals steal users' identities, empty their bank accounts and invade corporate databases.

The new surge of malicious software is evident, as drastic volumes of malware move across the Internet, Corrons said. He continued by citing 2006 when PandaLabs identified new samples that numbered equal to all those collectively in the preceding 15 years. Security laboratories are unable to keep up with the number of Internet threats they receive every day while their latest versions of signature files miss on critical vaccines.

The frequently circulating malware categories too have changed. Till up to 2006 e-mail worms comprised of most new malware threats. In 2006 trojans with 53.65% of new malicious samples were foremost. Corrons explained this shift as the ability of trojans to steal sensitive data or remotely control PCs and this is the most preferred vector for today's hackers. PR Newswire published this in a press release on May 4, 2007.

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