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
78,678 News Articles

Trojans make up 55% of all malware

Social-media used to distribute malicious programs

More than half (55 percent) of all new malware identified in the third quarter of this year were Trojans, said PandaLabs.

The research arm of Panda Security says most of these were banker trojans designed to trick web users into navigating to fake financial sites so cybercriminals can steal login details and passwords.

The use of email to distribute malware, once the most favoured method, has declined. Instead, cybercriminals are resorting to social media related infections, including Clickjacking attacks on social networks such as Facebook, and poisoned search results.

Panda also said 95 percent of all email received during Q3 was spam, and 50 percent of this was sent from just 10 countries, which included India, Brazil and Russia. For the first time, the UK has fallen out of the list of the world's biggest spam-producing countries.

The security firm also said over the past three months it has seen a number of attacks on Google Android phones, which could be the beginning of a wave of threats targeting smartphones.

"We are also beginning to see legitimate Android apps compressed with self-extracting files, designed to infect when the application is extracted. In other words, Android apps are being used as bait to infect computers with self-extracting files," PandaLabs said.

See also: US charges 60 in connection with Zeus Trojan


IDG UK Sites

Top 5 Android tips and tricks for smartphones and tablets

IDG UK Sites

How to join Apple's OS X Beta Seed Program: Get OS X Yosemite on your Mac before public release

IDG UK Sites

Why the BBC iPlayer outage was caused by a DDoS attack: Topsy and Tim isn't *that* popular

IDG UK Sites

BBC using Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to trial 4K/UHD, pan-around video, augmented video and...