McAfee Labs reports record increase in the rate of propagation of malicious software

Posted: September 13, 2012 in IT Security News
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McAfee logoAnalysts McAfee Labs reports record increase in the rate of propagation of malicious software over the past 4 years.

McAfee has published a regular review of security threats McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2012. Analysts McAfee Labs reports record increase in the rate of propagation of malicious software over the past 4 years.

In the second quarter of 2012 was found on 1.5 million more threats than in the first. In addition, the new species have been identified, such as “passing loading” and mobile applications-extortionists. McAfee Labs analysts state growth rate of species threatened by over 100,000 samples per day.

Increasingly, attackers use for their own purposes mobile platforms Android and iOS. After a sharp increase in the number of malicious programs for mobile devices in the first quarter of 2012, the pace of the threats in the second quarter remained. The lion’s share of threats (software for sending SMS, mobile botnets, spyware, destructive Trojans) were focused on the platform Android.

McAfee Threats Report

McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2012

Application extortionists, criminals have become common tool, causing more significant damage – loss of photos and personal files private users to encrypt data and to extort money from large companies.

Special attention is paid to the ‘report botnets that have demonstrated the highest in the past 12 months, the rate of expansion. Twitter has become a boon for criminals, as a tool of botnets, consisting of mobile devices. With relative anonymity, the attacker publishes team on Twitter and all the infected device to perform.

In the second quarter, the number of new types of worms to break the flash drive was nearly 1.2 million, the number of new malicious programs designed to steal passwords exceeded 1.6 million in the reporting quarter experts McAfee Labs month recorded an average of 2.7 million new URL-address with a bad reputation, it’s more than 10,000 new malicious domains daily. 94.2% of new URL-addresses with a bad reputation are used to host malware, exploits or codes specifically designed for computer hacking.

“Over the last quarter we have often found good examples of malware threatening ordinary consumers, businesses and critical infrastructure,” – said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. – Some of the biggest attacks using malware in the second quarter of 2012 include Flashback, aimed at device Macintosh, and Flame, the object of which was the energy sector. “

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