Explore the latest news and trends  

Sign up for our weekly security newsletter

Be the first to receive important updates on security


Fresh Samples of Malicious Programs Escalating, Reports PandaLabs

According to PandaLabs the security company, which just released one fresh report, new strains of malicious programs are coming on the Internet at a mean rate of 73,000 daily.

States the company that although the rate of increase has become less during the past months, fresh malware programs' payloads are up 26% since 2010 (same months), when fresh strains of malicious programs were at a mean of 58,000 per day.

Among those fresh strains, infection tools for PC Trojans were used in the maximum number of malware incidences as they contributed a 70% share in the total malware. PC viruses came in on No.2, accounting for 16%.

Subsequently, PC worms claimed a 7% share, with adware following at 2.27% as also backdoors at 1.89%.

Furthermore according to PandaLabs, malware tools aren't only more plentiful, but they're getting simpler to operate as also they facilitate the exposure of a larger number of people to cyber-crime. During recent years, Zeus styled malware-creating kits have become extremely infamous both in terms of being highly sophisticated and enabling easy utility.

Remarking about this issue, Technical Director Luis Corrons at PandaLabs stated that Trojans were growing remarkably because of more Internet tools spreading that facilitated even unskilled miscreants to develop such malware within minutes as also establish illicit business fast, particularly as it helped in gaining admission into banking data. Prnewswire.com published this on March 16, 2011.

Nevertheless, PandaLabs highlighted one more interesting aspect i.e. that not every PC Trojan increased with the identical speed. PandaLabs, while examining malicious software in terms of their subtypes, discovered that banking Trojans had declined, bots had stayed constant, and scareware or fake AV software had fallen in widespread use, for example: during January 2011, scareware infection was 21.868% that dropped to 14.187% during February 2011 followed with a significant fall to 9.211% during March 2011.

Additionally, PandaLabs' report states that "downloaders" have grown considerably. By downloaders it means a Trojan subsidiary, which after infecting any PC, links up with the Internet for downloading more malicious programs. Here, PandaLabs reports that downloaders increased from just 19.735% to 47.769% during January-March 2011.

Related article: Fark.com Files Suit against Suspected Hacker from Fox13

ยป SPAMfighter News - 3/28/2011

3 simple steps to update drivers on your Windows PCSlow PC? Optimize your Slow PC with SLOW-PCfighter!Email Cluttered with Spam? Free Spam Filter!

Dear Reader

We are happy to see you are reading our IT Security News.

We do believe, that the foundation for a good work environment starts with fast, secure and high performing computers. If you agree, then you should take a look at our Business Solutions to Spam Filter & Antivirus for even the latest version of Exchange Servers - your colleagues will appreciate it!

Go back to previous page