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Internet Protection Needs to Be Enhanced

BitDefender's new research says that there is still paucity of adequate protection for Internet users against malware threats, as reported by BCS on July 2, 2007.

Security firm BitDefender's figures show that threats in its top ten malware list continue as same from the previous month, although applications to prevent them exist. This conclusion follows from the release of the firm's Top ten malware threats for June 2007.

The publication indicates that the first ten-malware threats constitute 40 percent of all threats. The file-sharing worm Puce.G has again taken the highest position in June 2007. The worm is able to spread of its own and corrupt files through the file-sharing program. It accounted for 10.31 percent of total malware reports in May 2007. The last time Puce.G occupied the top position was in October 2006.

The second malware in the threat list is a new variant of the worm Rjump. It pushed out its older version, which was also in the second place in May 2007. The other high-ranking malware threat was Netsky whose infection rate increased to 4.17 percent from 3.82 percent in the previous month. Netsky climbed to the third position in June 2007.

The top five malware-threats in terms of their percentage prevalence in June 2007 were - win32.worm.p2p.puce.g -9.57%, worm.rjump.k -8.21%, win32.netsky.p@mm -4.17%, win32.worm.vb.ymeak.a -3.68%, and win32.worm.vb.dz -3.22%.

The next five malware-threats topping the list for June 2007 were - win32.worm.rjump.b -3.16%, win32.wukill.e@mm -2.10%, worm.seduobot.a -1.99%, win32.worm.vb.nei- 1.95%, and win32.brontok.a@mm -1.70%.

The issue of concern is to find the same threats repeating month after month, commented Viorel Canja, head of BitDefender Labs. It seems the anti-virus measures with many users are still not sufficient to help them combat threats. When a virus keeps installing itself onto new hosts, it becomes very hard to eradicate it from the Internet, Canja said. BCS published this in news on July 2, 2007.

Meanwhile, bots are expected to grow online at the fastest rate during 2007, according to technology firm Sana Security. The increasing application of peer-to-peer file-sharing software and polymorphism technology would be responsible for such bot infections.

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