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September 3, 2010

GFI Software unveils top 10 malware threats for August

Trojan attacks remain rampant

By CBR Staff Writer

GFI Software has unveiled most prevalent malware threats for the month of August 2010 in its new report, compiled from monthly scans performed by GFI’s anti-malware offering, VIPRE Antivirus, and its antispyware tool, CounterSpy, is a service of GFI Labs.

GFI said that VIPRE ThreatNet statistics for the month of August showed that the company’s customers were under attack throughout the month primarily by the same Trojan horse programs that have persisted for several months.

The report revealed that Trojans detected as Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT were still the chief detection, slightly down to 25.11% of total detections.

This particular Trojan detection has been in the top spot for some time: in July with 29.08% and in June with 27.16% of the total detections.

The number two detection, Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen is a detection of password-stealing Trojans with many versions.

The third largest detection, Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra, is a generic detection for a variety of malware that can infect 32- and 64-bit Windows installations.

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GFI Labs manager of the malware processing team Francis Montesino said that detections of this malicious code indicate that botnet operators continue to try to infect machines and use them in their spamming networks.

"Our ThreatNet detections for the month also agree with other reports we’ve heard in the last few weeks that have found a high level of traffic in rogue security products. These are often referred to as scareware. We’re seeing a multitude of detections of the downloaders and installers that are associated with the rogues," Montesino said.

"Our research group is analysing new rogues too, but what we’re seeing through ThreatNet indicates that VIPRE is preventing these rogue downloads."

The other malwares: INF.Autorun (v), Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0, BehavesLike.Win32.Malware (v), Worm.Win32.Downad.Gen (v), Trojan.Win32.Malware.a and Trojan.Win32.Meredrop were also listed among the top ten threats in the report.

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