We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Malware levels to triple this year

McAfee spots 1.2m malware types in 6 months

Security firm McAfee identified more than 1.2 million different types of malware in the first half of 2009, a big rise from last year.

In total, the security firm identified 1.5 milliion types of malware in 2008, and it expects the 2009 figure to top this.

"In the first half of 2009, we have seen about three times the unique malware discovered in the same period in 2008," said Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications at McAfee.

"This tremendous growth is a signal of daunting times for users, as malware infiltrates more and more of the platforms we trust."

McAfee also revealed that around 40 percent of all password-stealing Trojans can be found on website connected to gaming and virtual worlds, while 80 percent of all banking email recieved by web users are phishing scams.

McAfee also said on average victim's of phishing scams lose £520 per scam.

Download FREE whitepapers:

Ten tips on security

Make sure your network is secure

PC security advice

Take part in PC Advisor's Broadband Survey 2009

See also: Trojans responsible for 75% of new malware


IDG UK Sites

iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 comparison review: Apple takes on Samsung once again in smartphone...

IDG UK Sites

Just another opinion about Apple's new iPhone

IDG UK Sites

Intel Xeon E5 v3 Haswell processors review: we check out the fastest chips on the planet

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch hands-on review | Apple Watch design, spec, features & UK pricing