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Increasing Sophistication Makes Malware Hard to Detect

According to a security expert, Internet users must remain cautious while dealing with malware.

Tom Kelchner, research centre manager at Web security firm Sunbelt Software, believes that in recent times it has become extremely tough for people to notice malware, as per the news published by TAYLOR VINTERS on November 6, 2009.

He said that malware authors are becoming very innovative in producing their malware codes. To a certain extent, it is an attempt to dodge ant-virus software and other tools for preventing malware.

In addition, even the method of creating malicious code is becoming creative. This clearly indicates that it is proving tough for users to detect security threats, said experts. Malware authors use an array of techniques that direct users to malicious attachments or websites by masquerading them as exciting fun themes on social networking websites or e-mails.

Moreover, an increase in attacks might have bothered numerous systems in the last week of October with the security firm Sunbelt Software noting a surge in Halloween-based viruses. In fact, with six Trojan detections making their place among the top 10 most prevalent malicious threats for October, it becomes clear that social engineering and trojans evolving from spam e-mails and social networking sites are still popular among malware authors.

As per the statistics provided by the top anti-malware developer, the title of the most prevalent malware has been acquired by Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen, with social networking sites being the growing targets.

In the meantime, Mr. Kelchner emphasized on investing in anti-malware software for prevention against potential security breach assaults. Users are advised to be alert and to make sure that their anti-virus products are updated with latest application versions and definition files installed. He also suggested users to scan an attachment before opening to ensure the security of their system.

In fact, these recommendations and comments follow the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report which recently informed that many of the firm's consumers are facing the problem of rogue security software that continues to be a potential threat to users. The report also revealed that as compared to H2 2008, there was around 100% increase in the worm infections in the first half of 2009.

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