It is becoming increasingly clear that at the current rate of growth in malware in circulation and under development, computer operating systems and applications will continue to be compromised at an ever increasing rate.
According to Panda Labs, Panda Security’s laboratory for detecting and analyzing malware, it has received and analyzed an average of more than 3,000 new strains of malware every day, over the course of the last year. In their view, this represents a malware epidemic. It would be difficult to argue with that assessment.
In terms of percentages, according to Panda, the number of new examples of malware appearing in 2007 increased 800% with respect to 2006 which, in turn, witnessed an increase of 172% over the previous year.
With the increase in user participation on MySpace, FaceBook, and other social networking sites, the installation of malware, based on social engineering, seems poised for a major increase in activity.
Essentially then, it’s up to individuals to keep up as best they can; which means installing as many levels of protection as possible.
Trend Micro has released a beta of RUBotted, a small program that watches for incoming bot related traffic which is worth considering adding to your security toolbox.
Trend Micro RUBotted (Beta) is a small program that runs on your computer, watching for bot related activities. RUBotted intelligently monitors your computer’s system behavior for activities that are potentially harmful to both your computer and other people’s computers.
RUBotted monitors for remote command and control (C&C) commands sent from a bot-herder to control your computer. Additionally, RUBotted watches for an array of potentially malicious bot-related activities, including mass mailing – a common activity performed by a bot-infected computer.
RUBotted co-exists with your existing AV software, providing advanced bot specific behavior monitoring. RUBotted does not rely on frequent, network intensive updates to ensure your computer’s continued protection.
Windows 2000 Professional (Latest Service Pack Installed)
Windows XP Professional or Home Edition (Latest Service Pack Installed)
Windows 2003 Server (Latest Service Pack Installed)
Windows Vista (32 Bit with Latest Service Pack Installed)
Download at: Trend Micro
For another view describing how we got to be in danger from Botnets read TechPaul’s – Modern Nightmare