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McAfee: Mobile Malware Almost Doubled Since Last Quarter

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McAfee has released its 3rd Quarter security report, and it's a little scary.

On Wednesday McAfee released is new McAfee Threats Report: Third Quarter 2012 (pdf) report. It reveals that mobile malware almost doubled the previous quarter’s total, and that database breaches have reached an all-time high. The report also notes several jumps in some categories of malware including ransomware and signed binaries.

"Cybercrime exhibits few signs of slowing down,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “Though we tend to highlight the numbers, the fact is that we continue to see increased sophistication of attacks. Cybercrime, hacktivism, and cyberwarfare are in a continual state of evolution."

McAfee states that online financial fraud has spread across the globe. More specifically, Operation High Roller, a financial fraud ring identified earlier this year, has now spread outside Europe, including to the United States and Colombia.

Ransomware also continues to evolve, the firm reports, growing another 43-percent in 3Q12 alone. These attacks usually lock down the user's computer and demands money after it's infected the device thanks to clicking on social links, drive-by downloading or some other means.

The report goes on to state that the overall malware "zoo" has topped 100 million samples, just as predicted. Android is the largest target, and currently the firm sees an average of 100,000 new malware samples per day. "Since January, signed malware has doubled, which has implications for global trust infrastructure," the firm said.

According to McAfee, close to 100 new database-related vulnerabilities have been disclosed or silently patched by developers in 2012. Stealth malware is also on the rise, able to evade detection. Web threats have increased 20-percent in 3Q12 as well, and almost 64-percent of those stemming from URLs based in North America.

"Everyone from governments to large enterprises, small business and home users are facing a wider range of digital threats from these forces, as they gain more actionable intelligence on their victims, and leverage the newest attack platforms and exploits tools to launch their campaigns," he added."We all need to equip ourselves with basic situation awareness to our online risks and how best to prevent and combat these threats."

To read the full report, get the PDF from McAfee here.


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    jhansonxi , November 15, 2012 5:14 PM
    New malware or derivatives of old malware? My markeing BS detector says the latter.
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    santfu , November 15, 2012 6:01 PM
    For android alone - 100,000 "new" per day. If they were genuinely new that is alot of coding, I have no idea really but lets say it takes about a week to write a piece of new malware. That's about a million people constantly writing new malware. It could of course take 5 mins to write, but i doubt it.
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    hoofhearted , November 15, 2012 6:07 PM
    McAfee as a reputable source? Gimme a break! Didn't the founder just get suspected for murder?
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    g00fysmiley , November 15, 2012 6:24 PM
    software company that sells anti malwae warns of malwae... in other news. mcdonals warns of the health consequences of not eating a big mac per day// mcafee is the worst software company out there thier code is the most inefficient garbage out there followed at a close second by norton
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    jerm1027 , November 15, 2012 7:51 PM
    Oh for the love of everything warm and fuzzie, STOP USING SECURITY FIRMS AS SOURCES!!! It's propaganda. If you're going to do a report on malware, use an independent 3rd party source, not the people who make antimalware products. The more scared the people are, the more money they make. They'll say anything. I expected as much from Zak, but to suspect it's now a norm for Tom's to hire lazy "journalist"
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    gerchokas , November 15, 2012 8:39 PM
    After the last article about McAfee running from justice (and the way he did) I just can't take this firm seriously anymore :) 

    jerm1027STOP USING SECURITY FIRMS AS SOURCES!!! It's propaganda.

    I agree, but it's publicity* - not propaganda.
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    lemlo , November 15, 2012 8:42 PM
    Interwebz malware is BAD! Murdering your neighbor, not so bad. Amidoinitrite?
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    Anonymous , November 15, 2012 9:48 PM
    This just in: McAfee says you'd better buy their antivirus software before the turr'rists getcha...

    100,000 a day... In a world with 6 billion people, that means 600,000 of them writing a piece of malware every day... Or if you're like most malware writers and only release one good piece of malware each year, then that would make 219,000,000 malware writers, meaning 1 in every 27 people on earth is a malware writer... It could be your spouse, your parents, your kids... Maybe even your dog... Buy McAfee antivirus, before it's too late...

    Can we at least make the distinction that a Windows PC is instantly pwnable anywhere that a network connection can be made to it, and that Android malware involves you instaling an application that you really should've known better than to install? It's hardly an apples-to-apples comparison to lump Windows malware in with Linux "malware".
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    jojesa , November 16, 2012 1:53 AM
    Wow! Some much BS in one article.
    Instead of "allegedly" killing people maybe he should kill some malware for a change.
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    StriderRyo , November 16, 2012 10:19 PM
    Does it mean anything that McAfee has screwed up the performance on so many friends and family's computers that I consider THEM to be pushers of malware?
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