McAfee Reports 6 Million Malicious Files in Q2 2010
Date of Publishing:11/8/2010
McAfee has launched its McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2010, which reports an all time high malicious files counting to 6 million files. In the first half of this year 10 million new pieces were cataloged by McAfee. McAfee says that 55,000 new pieces of malware appear globally everyday with AutoRun malware and password-stealing Trojans topping as two most commonly found threat.
The spam rate has increased by 2.5 percent from Q1 2010. McAfee had reported in Q3 2009 that spam has hit an all time high of 175 billion messages per day. The report says that Spammers have taken advantage of the FIFA World cup and have tried to spread malicious codes using various different methods. In India, malware spam, or anything that comes with a virus or Trojan attachment urging you to visit an infected website, was the most popular method used.
“Our latest threat report depicts that malware has been on a steady incline in the first half of 2010. It’s also obvious that cybercriminals are becoming more in tune with what the general public is passionate about from a technology perspective and using it to lure unsuspecting victims,” said Mike Gallagher, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Global Threat Intelligence for McAfee.
McAfee also reports that two threat which were no longer used for cybercriminals has surfaced again. These two botnets are Storm Worm and Kraken and are actively used again.
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