FYI...Q1 2012: Malware report - Increase across -all- Platforms
May 23, 2012 - "... PC malware reached its highest levels in four years, as well as a steep increase in malware targeting the Android platform. Mac malware was also on the rise, indicating that total malware could reach the 100 million mark within the year...
- Mobile malware raced up a significant incline during Q1 2012, with 8,000 total mobile malware samples collected. This large increase was due in part to McAfee Labs’ advancements in the detection and accumulation of mobile malware samples. Financial profit is one of the main motivators for spreading malware on the Android platform, as identified by McAfee Labs malware researcher Carlos Castillo in a recent blog post. Nearly 7,000 Android threats have been collected and identified through the end of Q1, a more than 1200 percent increase compared with the 600 Android samples collected by the end of Q4 2011
. The majority of these threats stem from third-party app markets, and are typically not found in the official Android market...
- Malware Increase in PCs and Macs
By the end of 2011, McAfee Labs collected more than 75 million malware samples
. Q1 2012 had the largest number of PC malware detected per quarter in the last four years
. This increase brought the grand total to 83 million pieces of malware
samples by the end of Q1, up from 75 million samples at the end of Q4 2011. Major contributors to the total were strong increases in rootkits, a stealth form of malware, as were password stealers, which reached approximately 1 million new samples in Q1. In Q1, email continued to be a medium used for highly targeted attacks, and nearly all targeted attacks began with a spear phish..."
Last Update: 05-24-2012
Monthly Malware Statistics: April 2012
11 May 2012 - "The following statistics were compiled in April using data collected from computers running Kaspersky Lab products:
• 280 million malicious programs were detected and neutralized;
• 134 million (48% of all threats) web-borne infections were prevented;
• More than 24 million malicious URLs were detected..."
___Most dangerous websites
May 24, 2012 - "... According to Symantec*, 20 percent of all blog and Web communication sites are infected with malicious code, 15 percent of hosting sites are infected, and 10 percent of business and economy sites..."