Malware Radar Found Over 50% Companies with Active Malware on Computers

Malware Radar scanned around 20 to 30,000 computers and found that 59% of the companies had malware active on their PCs, according to Panda Security's malware Radar.

The data that malware Radar gathered from more than 4,500 companies of various sizes reflected the growth in malware programs and the urgent need for additional protection by organizations.

Half of the companies (about 47%) that scanned 10-19 computers had active malicious code installed on them. 37% of organizations that audited between 5 and 9 PCs had malware when the scan was on. And companies which scanned 1-4 PCs had active malware in 35% of them.

This spectacular growth in malicious code circulating and infecting computers (earlier in 2006, PandaLabs had detected an amount of malware equivalent to the combined amount of the last 15 years) demonstrates the inadequacy of traditional solutions with respect to the current situation, said the malware Radar Product Manager for PandaLabs, Borja Bonilla. Help Net Security published this in news on August 29, 2007.

Users think there are no serious threats and feel complacent in a false sense of security. But malware today is much more prevalent than ever before. It is also getting more and more sophisticated. In the present case, the malware is a combination of rapidly spreading characteristic of worms with the password-stealing feature of Trojans. Using this method, cyber-criminals think they can make the maximum money out of every infection, explains Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. Homeboynet.wordpress.com published this in mid June 2007.

The motivation behind cyber crime in 2006 was purely financial. Hence, the online marketing of malware flourished in that year. It was easy to purchase any type of malicious tool and in any number over the Internet. These tools ranged from kits for designing phishing sites to exploit codes for crafting Trojans.

In the more recent years, customized malware are available online, according to PandaLabs. As financial gain has become the predominant motivation luring cyber criminals, this kind of scam has high chances of mutating in the short run. So it is not merely an option to complement conventional anti-malware applications with proactive technologies, but a necessity.

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