Malware Threats Continue to Rise

Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 02:03 PM gHale

The number of malware threats remain going up compared to the same time last year. In the first three months of this year, PandaLabs identified an average of 73,000 new malware strains, most of which were Trojans.

On Top of that, there was a 26 percent increase of new threats compared to the same period last year.

While PandaLabs found a quarter-over-quarter increase of new malware in 2010, the rise was not nearly as notable as the one experienced over the last several quarters.

Trojans remain the most popular type of threat to computer systems, and now account for 70 percent of all new malware.

Malware threats continue upward trend.

Malware threats continue upward trend.

“The proliferation of online tools that enable non-technical people to create Trojans in minutes and quickly set up illegal business — especially when it can provide access to banking details — is responsible for Trojans’ impressive growth”, said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs.

Not all kind of Trojans grow at the same pace. Taking a look further at the subtypes of malware, PandaLabs found Banker Trojans have decreased, bots have remained steady, and fake anti-virus or rogueware has decreased in popularity. However, the number of “downloaders” has increased significantly.

Downloaders are a subtype of Trojan that, once it has infected a user’s computer, connect through the Internet to download additional malware. Hackers often use this method because the downloader is lightweight — only containing a few lines of code — and can go completely unnoticed unlike other Trojans.

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