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Festival Shoppers Advised to Take Precautions against Web Threats

Internet security solutions provider Kaspersky Lab reported that its online scanner detected 11 new malwares in November 2007. Following this, Kaspersky is advising online shoppers during the Christmas season to take precautions against the burgeoning cyber threats.

The security firm is also warning consumers that online criminals are looking to take advantage of the estimated five billion pounds expenditure predicted on web activity in the United Kingdom in December 2007.

According to Kaspersky Lab's David Emm, in the light of such huge expenditure being made over the Internet during the current festive season by expert and novice online buyers alike, the danger of falling prey to computer infection or cyber crime should be addressed with due attention. Webuser published Emm's statement on December 14, 2007.

Kaspersky also cautioned consumers to be on guard while transacting on the Net, and ensure that any apparatus deployed to access the Internet is fully secured.

Emm reminded how cyber criminals make their operations successful by using covert methods. Therefore, it is important to take precautions towards securing all devices used for accessing the Web, to buy items only from established and reputable sources, and to check bank and credit card statements for inaccurate or rouge transactions.

In its Top Twenty malware list, Kaspersky revealed that Trojan.Win33.Dialer.qn ranked first after consistently appearing on the list for many months. Also, eight other new trojans accompanied the Trojan Dialer in November 2007.

Kaspersky further endorsed this trend in its Malware Evolution, July-September 2007 report that indicated a uniform flow of Trojan horses being increasingly used to make profits from Internet crimes. The security firm even admitted that trojans with 91.4% of total malware is currently doing the rounds.

While cyber criminals aim to profit highly during the festive time and even after that, Kaspersky highlights that traditional viruses like Virut.av, Virut.q and worms like Brontok and Rays in the second, eleventh, third and sixth positions on the chart respectively continue to threaten the security and safety of all devices on the network.

Emm concluded that the overall pattern of malware distribution is likely to remain same for the next few months.

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