Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Most Malware Attacks Linked to Crime

Seventy percent of malware detected by Panda Software in the first quarter was driven by criminal or financial motivations, The Register reports.

The survey by the developer’s scanning service reported that 40 percent of the malware detected was spyware, followed by Trojans at 17 percent and malicious dialers at 8 percent, according to The Register.

E-mail worms, hugely publicized not long ago, accounted for only 4 percent of the malware described in the Panda survey, The Register reports.

Trojans, which represented 47 percent of new examples of malware in the survey, appear to have overtaken traditional viruses in popularity because of their more disguised nature, The Register reports.

The full Panda report is available online.

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