According to the recently released McAfee Q2 2010 Threats Report [PDF], malware has reached an unprecedented level with 6 million malicious files found in the second quarter of 2010.
Though the report indicates that spam went up only by 2.5% over the first quarter, malware jumped up from 4 million malicious files in Q1 to 6 million in Q2! The most popular malware was targeted as threats on portable storage devices followed by fake anti-virus software and malware targeted at social media.
“Our latest threat report depicts that malware has been on a steady incline in the first half of 2010,” said Mike Gallagher, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Global Threat Intelligence for McAfee. “It’s also obvious that cybercriminals are becoming more in tune with what the general public is passionate about from a technology perspective and using it to lure unsuspecting victims. These findings indicate that not only should cybercrime education be more widespread, but that security organizations should move from a reactive to a predictive security strategy.”
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