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Maximum Trojans in Q1 2007 Were Created to Grab Money

Trojans designed to make monetary gains comprised 66% of the total during the first three months of 2007. Authors write trojans to make financial profits in various ways. The trojans facilitate the malware developers to steal bank account passwords or change the DNS of a server to redirect users to fraudulent websites. trojans are very flexible in carrying out such crimes and therefore they remain the most widely adopted malicious software, according to Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. Help Net Security published this in news on May 9, 2007.

Corrons further said in a company press release that large volumes of malware are being rapidly injected onto the Internet. These large quantities overwhelm computer security labs that are unable to develop vaccines at the pace in which the new threats emerge. It also means that PCs even with anti-malware software deployed on them are still likely to be infected. PR Newswire published the press release early May 2007.

PandaLabs report for April 2007 indicates that the current trojans are a major threat to Internet users. This malware has created infections that have been steadily increasing over the past few months.

The dramatic increase in the number of trojans is due to two major reasons, explained Corrons. First, trojans are most suitable for stealing private information like bank details, e-mail accounts, and they even help to flourish spam. These can then be easily converted into profits. Second, the technique is also more prudent to steal such data in comparison to phishing, Corrons added, as published by Home.nestor in news during the first week of May this year.

PandaLabs detected nearly 700 different Trojan families in the first three months of 2007. They accounted for 74 percent of the new malware detections over this period. The downloader was detected with the most number in different Trojan families. It accounted for 42 percent of the entire Trojan detections.

Spamta worm is an example of blended threat among the latest attacks. PandaLabs has, reportedly, found the latest versions of this virus in the first quarter of 2007. It has also found the SpamtaLoad Trojan, which downloads Spamta worm onto users' computers.

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