Malware Growing by the Minute

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 07:10 PM gHale

Over the first half of this year there were 12 new malware types discovered each minute, a new report found.

The first six months there were 3,045,722 new malware types, 26.6 percent higher than in the second half of 2014, and 64.8 percent higher than in the first half of 2014, said researchers at G DATA.

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The most encountered attack types were relatively harmless adware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), with the most common malware families being Dealply and Graftor, according to the report.

The majority of attacks were on websites from the healthcare sector, followed by those in the technology and telecommunications sectors, by pornography websites, games, and personal blogs.

The majority of malicious websites from where attacks ended up started were in the U.S. followed by China, France, and the Ukraine.

In addition, there was an increase in banking Trojan usage, and more specifically of Swatbanker, mostly used during February, March, and April, G DATA researchers said.

Most of the victims targeted by banking Trojans lived in the U.S., UK, Germany, Poland, and Austria. On the other hand, users of Wells Fargo, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Barclays, and RBS were the most targeted during the first half of 2015.

“About three-quarters of Internet users are conducting their financial transactions online, and cybercriminals have recognized this huge opportunity for malicious attacks,” said Andy Hayter, security evangelist at G DATA. “Not surprisingly, because of this, we’re seeing a significant increase in attacks from banking Trojans for the first time since 2012.”

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