Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
BitDefender report says Trojans were dominant security problem in 2008
Posted on 29-Jan-2009 08:47. | Tags Filed under: News.


BitDefender report says Trojans were dominant security problem in 2008
More than 80 percent of malware distributed worldwide in 2008 consisted of Trojans according to the "E-Threats Landscape Report," a security threat study published by BitDefender Lab.

This "E-Threats Landscape Report," the second in a series of security reports, provides an overview of the security threats landscape over the last six months, from July through December 2008, and takes a look at what lies ahead in 2009.

BitDefender's security experts analyzed and examined malware over the second half of 2008, focusing on software vulnerabilities and exploits, different types of malware, as well as countermeasures, cyber crime prevention and law enforcement.

They found that internet users had to cope with approximately 2,000 new and mutated viruses per day, nearly 50,000 phishing attempts per month and more than 1,000,000 hijacked computers that spread bots, rootkits, Trojans and other malware in 2008.

According to this report, web-based e-threats level increased 460 percent on this period, while JavaScript exploitations via SQL injection tripled in volume.

About 75 percent of Trojans included complex updating mechanisms, stealth data download and upload features, as well as spyware and rootkit capabilities.

Spam was also a problem, with plain text comprising 80 percent of e-mail spam, while image spam dropped to only 1.5 percent. However the number of spam e-mails containing infected attachments or linking pages prompting users to download malicious programs increased 400 percent. New spam techniques mimicking newsletters and alerts from news corporations such as CNN, CBS and ABC were introduced.

The countries most affected by e-threats included France, China, United States, Germany and Spain.

"The purpose of BitDefender's 'E-Threats Landscape Report' is to provide consistent and useful information to consumers about the malware industry," said Bogdan Dumitru, BitDefender's chief technology officer. "Not only does BitDefender want to educate consumers about what is currently happening in the malware industry, but we also want to provide consumers with guidance about what to expect and how to protect against e-threats in the upcoming year. For example, nearly 45 percent of the e-threats in the wild in 2008 were distributed via e-mail. With this in mind, consumers should make securing e-mail communication a priority in 2009."

Some threat predictions for 2009 from BitDefender's "E-Threats Landscape Report" include the warning that targeted attacks on Web 2.0 applications, namely social networking sites, is expected to increase.




More information: http://www.bitdefender.com/site/view/BitDefen...

comments powered by Disqus




Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Gareth Morgan is a genius
Created by Satch, last reply by frankv on 9-Dec-2016 23:18 (152 replies)
Pages... 9 10 11


NZ Prime Minister John Key Resigns
Created by ajobbins, last reply by elpenguino on 9-Dec-2016 12:44 (217 replies)
Pages... 13 14 15


The President Of The USA - Who do you think?
Created by TimA, last reply by DarthKermit on 8-Dec-2016 16:22 (909 replies)
Pages... 59 60 61


Spark wireless broadband and home /lan access: CGNAT limitations
Created by yokkem, last reply by BarTender on 8-Dec-2016 15:57 (19 replies)
Pages... 2


Spark not planning to deploy native IPv6 at all. Ever.
Created by Erayd, last reply by sbiddle on 7-Dec-2016 20:57 (19 replies)
Pages... 2


Woooaaahh earthquake 2016-11-14
Created by Fred99, last reply by DarthKermit on 9-Dec-2016 16:16 (471 replies)
Pages... 30 31 32


Wilson's Car Park - When Free is not free
Created by nzkiwiman, last reply by cr250bromo on 9-Dec-2016 09:30 (51 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


JB Hifi Cost & GST Sale - 7th Dec
Created by Finch, last reply by Kopkiwi on 7-Dec-2016 15:11 (16 replies)
Pages... 2