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Trojans Accounted for More Than 60 Percent of New Malware in Q2 2008, According to PandaLabs
Jul 07, 2008 (08:07 AM EDT)


GLENDALE, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, a leading provider of IT security solutions, today announced the findings from its second quarterly report of 2008. Published by PandaLabs, the Company's laboratory for detecting and analyzing malware, the report revealed that Trojans comprised over 63 percent of all new malicious codes. Adware followed closely behind, comprising 22.40 percent of all infections. PandaLabs specifically addresses the threat of banker Trojans, as well as specific worm strains that have been most prevalent in malware infections in the last quarter. The report can be downloaded from http://www.pandalabs.com .

Banker Trojans have been identified as the most dangerous and damaging of all types of Trojans in circulation. According to the PandaLabs' Q2 report, Sinowal, Banbra and Bancos are the three most active banker Trojan families. Other families, including Dumador, SpyForms, Bandiv, PowerGrabber and Bankpatch also have numerous variants, while there has been less activity in the Briz, Snatch and Nuklus families of banker Trojans.

"This type of malware is causing serious losses for users around the world, particularly considering the increased use of online banking services. With the millions of online bank users, there is a tremendous pool of potential victims for cyber crooks," explains Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs. "If criminals managed to steal just $100 dollars from one percent of the current base of users, we would be talking about a haul of tens of millions of dollars. And this is a very conservative estimate; the reality could be much worse."

Worms were also on the rise representing 13.5 percent of all malware infections. Corrons states, "Trojans are responsible for the most infections, but they do it with thousands of different variants. Worms, however, operate in a different way, with perhaps one strain being responsible for tens of thousands of infections. In terms of individual malicious code, worms are often the most prevalent."

With respect to the virulence of specific examples, the Bagle.RP worm infected most computers, followed by the Puce.E and Bagle.SP worms. The following table indicates the most active malware samples detected by PandaLabs. 01 W32/Bagle.RP.worm 02 W32/Puce.E.worm 03 W32/Bagle.SP.worm 04 Adware/AdsRevenue 05 W32/Perlovga.A.worm 06 W32/Bagle.KV.worm 07 Adware/Maxifiles 08 Trj/Dropper.UN 09 W32/Whybo.I.worm 10 Trj/Rebooter.J

This latest PandaLabs report also analyzes the development of spam over the last three months, infections through Web pages and the most dangerous vulnerabilities that have been detected.

About PandaLabs

Since 1990, its mission has been to detect and eliminate new threats as rapidly as possible to offer our clients maximum security. To do so, PandaLabs has an innovative automated system that analyzes and classifies thousands of new samples a day and returns automatic verdicts (malware or goodware). This system is the basis of collective intelligence, Panda Security's new security model which can even detect malware that has evaded other security solutions.

Currently, 94 percent of malware detected by PandaLabs is analyzed through this system of collective intelligence. This is complemented through the work of several teams, each specialized in a specific type of malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, phishing, spam, etc), working 24/7 to provide global coverage. This translates into more secure, simpler and more resource-friendly solutions for clients.

About Panda Security Panda Security is one of the world's leading IT security providers, with millions of clients around the globe and products available in over twenty languages. Our mission is to keep our customers' information and IT assets safe from security threats, giving them the most effective protection with the minimum resource consumption.

Every day, thousands of new malicious codes are created. To combat this threat, Panda Security has developed an innovative and unique security model which can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples. This model is collective intelligence and ensures that Panda Security solutions can protect against far more threats than the products of any other company. The exceptional detection capacity of collective intelligence can be put to the test at the Infected or Not website ( http://www.infectedornot.com ).

For more information and evaluation versions of all Panda Security solutions, visit our website at: http://www.pandasecurity.com/ .

CONTACT: Bill Bourdon of Bateman Group, +1-415-602-1491, panda@bateman-group.com, for Panda Security

Web site: http://www.pandasecurity.com/ http://www.infectedornot.com/