Significant Malware Increase Found Across All Platforms - Slide 6

Email     |     Share  
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Next Significant Malware Increase Found Across All Platforms-6 Next

Botnet growth increased in Q1, reaching nearly five million infections at its highest point. Columbia, Japan, Poland, Spain, and the United States were areas with the largest botnet increase, while Indonesia, Portugal, and South Korea were regions that continued to decline. The most prevalent botnet of Q1 was Cutwail, with more than 2 million new infections.

McAfee’s report depicts the price breakdown for a botnet sold on the black market. Citadel, a Zeus variant and financial botnet, will cost a cybercriminal $2,399 plus $125 for “rent” of a botnet builder and administration panel, with an extra $395 for automatic updates for antivirus evasion. For Darkness, by SVAS/Noncenz, a distributed denial of service botnet, options range from $450 for a minimal package to approximately $1,000 for more advanced offerings.

McAfee recently released the McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2012, which exposes an increase in malware across all platforms. The report shows that in Q1, PC malware reached its highest levels in four years, as well as a steep increase in malware targeting the Android platform. Mac malware was also on the rise, indicating that total malware could reach the 100 million mark within the year.

“In the first quarter of 2012, we have already detected 8 million new malware samples, showing that malware authors are continuing their unrelenting development of new malware,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “The same skills and techniques that were sharpened on the PC platform are increasingly being extended to other platforms, such as mobile and Mac; and as more homes and businesses use these platforms the attacks will spread, which is why all users, no matter their platforms, should take security and online safety precautions.”

More Slideshows:

Mobile Work Force Sees Rise in Productivity, Stress Levels mproved flexibility in the work environment is resulting in extended work weeks, as well as increased stress.

Ten Happiest Companies for Veterans in 2012 Tech companies dominate the list of the happiest work environments for our brave servicemen and women.

Fifteen Top Paying IT Certifications for 2012 A closer look at the most popular certifications and their associated pay.


Related Topics : Anti-Virus Solutions, DoS Attacks

More Slideshows

infra11-190x128 Five Things to Do Now for Greater Security and Compliance

The perimeter of the network is no longer the only concern; it is the endpoints and applications that are putting IT organizations on high alert. ...  More >>

How to Battle Summer Complacency in Endpoint Security

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure you're ready to start the fall with an effective strategy for monitoring threats and endpoint vulnerabilities. ...  More >>

Seven Steps to Hinder Hackers: Antivirus Just Isn't Enough

Antivirus software is no longer a match for today's threats. Here's what your business needs to stay protected. ...  More >>

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.