Threat Report States Malware Threat Is Stronger Than Ever

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News Posted: Wed, Sep 5 2012 3:37 PM

According to the latest McAfee Threats Report, the threat of malware is stronger than it has been in the last four years. The McAfee Threats Report for the Second Quarter 2012 found an increase in malware compared to the first quarter of this year (which was previously rated as the busiest period in recent history). This increase is significant: There were 1.5 million more unique malware samples in McAfee's "zoo" collection than the previous quarter.  

Overall, McAfee found growth in established rootkits as well as an increase among password-stealing Trojans. Mac users aren't immune, either: McAfee found a continued growth in malware that targets the Mac.

Another key finding in the report is the emergence of mobile “drive-by downloads” as a new attack vector, the use of Twitter for control of mobile botnets, and the appearance of mobile “ransomware” to extract funds from unsuspecting victims.  As far as mobile threats are concerned, Android is the most popular target.

There is a bit of positive news from the report: although spam saw small increases in certain parts of the world, the overall long-term trend is on the decline.

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JOMA replied on Wed, Sep 5 2012 4:27 PM
The fact that so much money can be made plus the relative ease of avoiding prosecution makes this a very lucrative business. Until laws become enforced and software vendors wake up it'll be difficult to stop any of this.
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And of course McAfee stands to make no money from scaring people into buying their "security" software (which is nearly 85% effective, vs. over 99% for most freeware).

So I would say a few large barges of salt should be taken with this report.

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JOMA replied on Wed, Sep 5 2012 5:32 PM
That's for sure. A lot of these "Studies" come from the makers of the AV programs so they have a lot riding on the fear. Regardless, I fix a lot of infected machines, dumb users are typically the issue.
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RTietjens:
So I would say a few large barges of salt should be taken with this report.

No kidding,.......I have no use for McAfee or Norton either.

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Sep 5 2012 7:53 PM

I wouldn't install Norton on my worst enemy's system. A little user education (to back up what JOMA said), and the free Avira go a long way.

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I used McAfee on my first computers. However, I found it missed alot of threats and then began to use another software. Could alot of this simply be they are finally catching up to all the threats they missed making it look as though their are more? Lol Does that make sense?

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