Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Largest Number of Detected Malwares in Four Years

Latest report* released by a security company claims that there has been a 1.5 million increase in detected malware since Q1 of 2012. Apart from the usual malwares attached to emails, applications, websites, and other codes accessible via a personal computer, malwares today are slowly becoming rampant across a number of other platforms and devices.

The report further says that new generation malwares particularly designed for mobile devices are seen to be on the rise. What’s to note is that virtually all new mobile malwares detected in Q2 2012 were targeting Android platform and was comprised of a mixture of SMS-sending malware, mobile botnets, spyware, and destructive Trojans.

Though mobile devices seem to be the next big targets for malware writers, the use of websites as channels to spread potentially unwanted programs is still mainstream. The security company which has commissioned the report recorded an average of 2.7 million new bad URLs per month and of these, 94.2% hosts malwares or other codes which have been specifically designed to hijack computers.

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