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Malware 2.0 Threat Rising

As per the news by Vnunet.com on July 19, 2007, a security company said that all the signature-based techniques of malware detection are proving inefficient due to the emergence of the so-called 'malware 2.0'.

Chief threat officer at PC Tools, Kaul Baumgartner, envisaged the change in security space, which is moving rapidly. He said that a shift in anti-virus malware market place to a new period of malware 2.0 has emerged. Now the security firms are handling zero minute and not zero day, the exploits which can easily escape signature detections, as per the news by Vnunet.com on July 19, 2007.

The team discovered that different kinds of malware spread frequently. The variants of malware are released at immense rates, which drive up sample volumes and prove it impossible for the researchers to keep high updates using manual analysis.

These security threats are drawing benefits from non-detection sites where they can freely spread and infect even before anti-malware firms can respond.

Kurt continues that these threats project this trend as a move from security space into new malware 2.0 just like the Internet has moved from into the Web 2.0. He added that as signature identification is no more effective, security vendors have to come up with some other ways to detect the actions of malware, as published by Sourcewire.com on July 17, 2007.

Instead of the large attacks happened earlier, strikes are now targeting small PCs so that the security vendors did not notice them much. Consequently, malware is scattering in 'epic proportions'. Fran Howarth, a partner at Hurwitz and Associates, an analyst firm, also agreed with this fact.

Fran claimed that signature-based detection has passed away for intrusion detection, antivirus, or any other measures for security, as per the news of Vnunet.com on July 19, 2007. The spy ware industry is a huge industry and the malware author will find several chances to come up with techniques to evade detection.

Researchers find out that out of five users, at least one has all the products of anti-virus already downloaded in the PC, but are still vulnerable to new emerging trends.

Related article: Malware Authors Turn More Insidious

» SPAMfighter News - 30-07-2007

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