November breaks all malware records

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 4:15 pm

November was the worst month for malware since records began in the mid-1980s, according to antivirus firm Sophos.

The company detected 1,940 new pieces of malware in the past month, and has seen a 48 per cent increase in threats over the year.

The bulk of the new threats are not self-propagating viruses such as worms, but Trojan software that either logs the user’s behaviour or allows remote control of their PC.

“A worm affects too many people these days,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. “It draws attention to them and encourages antivirus firms to take action. It also brings in a flood of information that the hacker cannot cope with.”

Cluley explained that the recent figures also show the extent to which organised criminals have started using malware for financial gain.

Source: vnunet


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