BitDefender’s Third Quarter Malware Report–USB Malware Leads The Pack

imageBitDefender,  the well known Internet security solutions provider, released its latest quarterly report today, detailing cyber-threat activity from July through to September, 2010.

Some of the key findings include:

The top ranking e-threat, with 11 percent of the total infections in the world, is Trojan.AutorunINF.Gen. This piece of malware is consistently among the most popular threats each month as it easily spreads via removable devices and Windows shared folders.

Ranking second is Win32.Worm.Downadup.Gen, with six percent of the total infections. This worm typically appears in the malware distribution charts alongside Trojan.AutorunInf.Gen. Computer users should always scan external devices especially after having plugged them into public computers like those available in copy shops and libraries

This quarter the third spot includes a representative of the exploit family, namely- Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen which exploits vulnerabilities found in the Javascript engine of Adobe PDF Reader with the purpose of executing further malicious code on users’ computers.

A newcomer to the top-five, and occupying the fourth place is Trojan.Generic.4170878 is a newcomer with great negative potential. This backdoor provides the cybercriminal remote access to the infected system. Unfortunately for users, this piece of malware has seen a steady rise in distribution over the past few months.

Ranking fifth in the quarterly malware chart, with three percent, is Trojan.Wimad.Gen.1 . This e-threat is mostly found on Torrent websites, camouflaged as episodes of your favorite series or as a not-yet-aired but soon-to-be blockbuster.

For additional information, checkout Catalin Cosoi, (Head of BitDefender Online Threats Lab) discussing the steps you can take to avoid these malware threats, on his YouTube video.

Click on the graphic to go to YouTube.


About BitDefender

BitDefender is the creator of one of the industry’s fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Since its inception in 2001, BitDefender has continued to raise the bar and set new standards in proactive threat prevention. Every day, BitDefender protects tens of millions of home and corporate users across the globe.

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  4. Cappydawg

    Hi Bill,

    A great help with usb’s is Panda’s USB Vaccine. Stops that dreadful autorun. I use it on all of my USB Drives. But us readers of your blog already know this! 🙂

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