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November 18, 2010

40% of all fake antiviruses created in 2010, says PandaLabs

5.40% of all computers worldwide are affected by rogueware, generating benefits of £21m a month for hackers

By CBR Staff Writer

PandaLabs, the anti-malware laboratory at the cloud security company Panda Security has warned of the recent proliferation of fake antiviruses, as 40% of all fake antiviruses have been created in 2010.

Fake antiviruses, also known as rogueware, are programmes that enter user computers and warn of massive infections, and then, they ‘invite’ users to buy a solution to their problem, cheating them for credit card data and money.

So far this year, 46.8% of all computers worldwide have become infected with some sort of malware, and 5.40% have been affected by rogueware, generating benefits of £21m a month (£260m a year) for hackers, according to a study conducted by PandaLabs.

Even though this is a relatively recent phenomenon – fake antiviruses appeared some three years ago, 11.6% of all computer threats gathered over the last 21 years belong to this category.

That is, ever since this type of malicious code was first reported four years ago, 5,651,786 unique rogueware strains have been detected, out of which 2,285,629 have appeared between January to October 2010.

Rogueware’s sophistication, realism and social engineering techniques are the basis of its success, as shown by the fact that more and more users are falling victim to this scam.

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The top fake antiviruses comprise of MSAntiSpyware2009 (11.67%), MalwareDoctor (8.14%), AntimalwareDoctor (7.21%), AntivirusPro2010 (4.57%), SecurityMasterAV (3.62%), Adware/SecurityTool (3.38%), Isecurity2010 (2.81%), and SecurityEssentials2010 (2.39%).

According to the company, users can become infected simply by browsing the Web, downloading codecs for media players, and clicking links in emails; and these antiviruses try to pass themselves off as antivirus solutions that detect hundreds of threats on the victim’s computer.

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