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Spyware fastest growing security risk, says firm

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There’s been a massive rise in spyware at the start of 2009, according to research from a security specialist.

Panda Security’s malware detection and analysis laboratory claims that spyware has risen from 2.5% of all malware in the previous quarter to 13.15% in the first three months of the year.

Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs, said: ‘We have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of spyware in circulation over this period, probably aimed at saturating laboratories and consequently infecting more users.’

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One example of spyware is Virtumonde, which infected more computers than any other malicious code in the first quarter of 2009. This malware combines aspects of adware and spyware, monitoring users’ online activities, rigging search engine results and displaying advertising banners and pop-ups for some products.

Trojans remain the most prevalent form of malware accounting for 73% of all new malware in the first quarter of 2009.


This is the specific malware blamed for the most infections:

  • Spyware/Virtumonde

  • Trj/Rebooter.J

  • Adware/Yassist

  • Adware/Antivirus2009

  • W32/Bagle.PR.worm

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