Feeds

VXers creating 150 zombie programs a week

Dawn of the Dead

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Malicious programs capable of turning home PCs into zombies controlled by hackers are growing at between 150 to 200 per week. McAfee's Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (AVERT) reports that bots (now numbering over 7,000) and mass mailing viruses are the greatest threat to enterprises. Meanwhile exploits and adware account for over 60 per cent of the malicious threats impacting consumers.

Already Windows PCs submitted to online scanning by McAfee contained an average of 13 adware components. It warns that spam encoded to take advantage of the latest exploits to install spyware will ramp up consumer security risks even higher.

The number of computer viruses rated medium risk or higher by McAfee increased from 20 in 2003 to 46 in 2004, an increase of 130 per cent. By the end of 2004, McAfee's AVERT Labs had detected 17,000 new malware threats. Vulnerabilities discovered in 2004 totalled more than 2,800, down 25 per cent from 2003, however McAfee reckons that malicious hackers are becoming quicker at producing exploits.

"In 2004, the rise in viruses, worms, phishing, adware and vulnerability exploitation has surpassed what was noted in 2003," said Vincent Gullotto, vice president of McAfee AVERT. "Although we saw a steady five per cent (year over year) decrease in the rate of virus production from 2000 to 2003, we have seen an increase in 2004 which can be partly attributed to Bagle and NetSky authors feuding, as well as a general lack of awareness in regards to adware and other such programs." ®

Related stories

The strange death of the mass mailing virus
Who would you like to attack today?
'White collar' virus writers make cash from chaos
Zombie PCs spew out 80% of spam
Phatbot arrest throws open trade in zombie PCs

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.