Report Indicates Trojan Threats Increasing

A new report tracking the number of IT threats in the first quarter of this year shows the number of threats has increased 26 percent since March of 2010.

PandaLabs published the report and concluded the majority of IT threats came from Trojans.

The virus comprised 70 percent of the new malware created. The report found the daily average of malware samples came to more than 70,000. Hackers favor these threats likely because of the financial incentive: Bank account information is often stolen and fraud is committed as a result.

PandaLabs also highlighted the top security incidents of the first quarter.

  • The beginning of March saw the largest attack on Android cell phones with personal information stolen and Trojans being installed on apps and downloaded. Google removed the apps from users' phones.
  • Facebook was hacked by a 23-year-old California man who has since pleaded guilty to hacking email, stealing personal information and blackmailing his victims. He used information on Facebook to hack into the emails and is now facing up to six years in prison.
  • Cyber-activist group Anonymous hacked into CEO Aaron Barr's U.S. security firm HBGary Federal's website and Twitter account. The group stole thousands of emails and published them on The Pirate Bay website because Barr claimed to have information on whom the group's ringleaders were.

The 20 countries with the most infections were also ranked in the report, with China, Thailand and Taiwan found to have the highest malware infection rates at nearly 70 percent. Ireland, Peru and Ecuador were found to have the lowest infection rates.

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