November 4, 2009 | Bratislava

Conficker Is The Most Widespread

Throughout the month of October, ESET customers have encountered the Conficker worm the most. This fact is underscored by the results of ESET statistical reporting system ThreatSense.Net®.

Win32/Conficker with an 8.85% share of all detected threats remains the topmost threat. The order of other threats has not registered any significant shifts throughout October, with the top 5 remaining unchanged. Placing second, INF/Autorun denoting a mixture of trojans exploiting the autorun.inf function of the Windows OS placed second with 7.73%. Third place for the month of October goes to a family of trojans Win32/PSW.OnLineGames (7,29%) known for stealing data and assets of online gamers – specializing on games such as World of Warcraft. The No. 4 spot is taken by a family of trojans known as Win32/Agent specializing in stealing computer data and No. 5 goes to INF/Conficker denoting variants of Conficker exploiting the Windows OS autorun.inf function.

Global threats according to ESET ThreatSense.Net® (October 2009)

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EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA (EMEA)

In the month of October, Conficker has accounted for the highest share of infiltrations in the Ukraine (28,08%), Russia (18,69%), Republic of South Africa (15,21%), Bulgaria (15,02%), Romania (14,32) and Serbia (9,46%). Global No. 2 - INF/Autorun has registered toward the top of the list in the United Arab Emirates (10%). No. 3 globally goes to Win32/PSW.OnLineGames that was dominant in Slovakia (7,02%), Poland (14,07%), Spain (9,61%), France (9,49%) and Israel (3,38%).

Other countries felt the onslaught of variants of Win32/Kryptik that denotes a group of malware such as rogue applications, including rogue antivirus programs. From a global perspective, Kryptic remained just under the TOP10, reaching high share of occurrence in Europe, especially in Austria (26,46%), Germany (17,39%), Czech Republic (15,73%), Sweden (13,55%), Norway (11,28%) and Great Britain (12,92%).

About ESET

Founded in 1992, ESET is a global provider of security solutions for enterprises and consumers. ESET is a market leader in proactive detection of malware. Thanks to its ThreatSense.Net® technology, it is able to collect data on a volunteer basis from users all around the world, allowing it to react flexibly to emerging threats. It‘s ESET NOD32 Antivirus has been ranked by the independent AV-Comparatives testing lab as the best antivirus product worldwide (2006, 2007). ESET has offices in Bratislava, SK; Buenos Aires, AR; San Diego, USA; and has an extensive partner network in 160 countries. In 2008, ESET has opened a new research center in Krakow, Poland. ESET was named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa. ThreatSense.Net® collects anonymous statistical information packets about the types of infiltrations detected on the users' workstations. Thanks to this information, the ESET Virus Lab has access to real-time accurate and relevant information about the most wide-spread infiltrations. The infiltrations detected by the heuristic analysis are then tabulated, with the update against malware issued before it can spread or mutate into a different variant.