2009 will break previous Malware record: McAfee

McAfee has catalogued more than 1.2 million unique samples of malware in the first half of 2009, putting this year well on course to smash last year's record in malware creation. In the first half of 2008 McAfee has identified around 500,000 unique pieces of malware while in the second half of 2008 McAfee saw one million pieces, arriving at a total of 1.5 million unique pieces of malware for the full year 2008.

"In the first half of 2009, we have seen about three times the unique malware discovered in the same period in 2008. This tremendous growth is a signal of daunting times for users, as malware infiltrates more and more of the platforms we trust," said Dave Marcus, Director of Security Research and Communications at McAfee.

According to the report, 30-40 percent of all password stealing Trojans focus on gaming and virtual worlds, illustrating the high profit potential of virtual goods. Also, 80 percent of all banking emails are fraudulent. The report also states that average loss per victim from phishing is $866.


Anonymous said...

I think malware and other internet threats are a big concern in our times. And I know McAfee is doing a good job. But when it comes to new modules to satisfy a demanding customer, BitDefender has improved a lot. BiDefender Total Security 2009 has modules like IM encryption, Gamer mode, Laptop mode and even an online backup. Also, it is an awarded product, which gets good reviews from all over the world.

j0nny smith said...

In the past year the number of malwares has doubled all the antivirus companies are working hard to keep up with there numbers.
I personaly have to agree with you, i m a bitdefender user for about 6 month and i m very happy with my antivirus so far and await the 2010 version to come out to see what s new.
I also informe myself about present malware threath by picking an eye on malwarecity.com it s good to be informed.

Edward Stream said...

jonny smith is right that the number of malwares has doubled and when you think that thy are expanding with such a high rate u get scared a little so the best solution is an AV and like new media said Bit Defender is very good especially the 2009 version. It has improved a lot and for me is one of the best. You can give it a try at: http://www.bitdefender.com

Lady Anne said...

Some learning management systems, this is a good tactics in breaking the malware for McAfee antivirus.

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