Mcafee Predicts Malware Menace to Worsen in 2008

Scientists at McAfee Avert Labs projected that typical malware surpassed 370,000 varieties in 2007, representing the largest volume of malware ever registered. The rise of 60% since 2006 shows a trend that will probably give rise to no less than 550,000 types of other malware by the close of 2008, forecast security investigators.

The drift has been unvarying for the past couple of years (2005- 2007), indicates the latest McAfee chart. The chart showed that the biggest rise in malware took place between 2006 and 2007 when it increased from over 220,000 to 370,000 unique types.

According to security investigators, the primary cause for these huge explosions of malware is owing to the various versions that hackers send out daily. McAfee Avert Labs' Threat Research Manager Craig Schmugar stated that experts have observed that malware writers are placing more stress on escaping discovery while corrupting a large number of computers, as reported by Channel Web on December 24, 2007.

As per Schmugar, computer users and companies will keep on encountering more bots akin to the Nuwar Storm Worm, which was one of the nasty malevolent programs of 2007 (as it has the capacity to continually alter itself during replication).

Pieces like Nuwar Storm Worm always attempt to make their menaces more wide-ranging, alleged Schmugar. When they're distributing a thousand types every day, it's very difficult and needs various security measures.

Cyber criminals are never stuck for need of new tools, asserted Craig Schmugar, as reported on December 19, 2007 by Echannel line. Expert malware writers are continually developing their strategies at the cost of innocent targets, impelled solely by the objective of eluding discovery and reaping huge benefits, added Schmugar.

Writers of viruses like Storm Worm have automation systems intended to spawn new types each hour, minute, or even second too. According to McAfee, if malware writers spread new breeds at such a blazing speed, then it anticipated 2008 to be yet another memorable year for malicious software.

Moreover, in 2008, hackers will also probably try to input their added expertise and skills into automating malware procedures, which might require a greater upfront price but take less participation to create.

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