Friday, August 13, 2010

India tops list of countries with high number of Malware infected websites

India is one of the countries where large number of websites containing Malware, or Trojan or anything that comes with a virus, is very much popular according to the MacAfee Threats Report. Other countries that are popular destinations for Malware spam or Trojan are- Colombia, South Korea, Russia and Vietnam.

The report also said that the first half of 2010 has been the most active period in Malware production. MacAfee catalogued more than 10million new pieces of virus code in the first six months. The report said that cyber-criminals took advantage of the FIFA World Cup hype and used various methods to lure users.

Argentina had the largest variety of spam with 16 different topic areas. Italy came up with only six types of spam.

On a quarter-over-quarter basis, spam grew only 2.5 percent in the April-June quarter but Malware increased dramatically in the second quarter.

Mobile storage devices remained the most popular carrier of Malware followed by fake anti-virus softwares and social networking site.

The report said that approximately 55,000 new pieces of Malware appear everyday around the world with AutoRun Malware and password stealing Trojans taking up the top two spots.

Spamming reached its highest point in the third quarter of a 2009 with nearly 175 billion messages per day. Now it is on the decline.

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