July Threats: Global Top 3 in Firm Hold – INF/Autorun, Win32/Conficker and Win32/Sality
For the month of July INF/Autorun was the most wide-spread type of threat both in Europe (5.27%) and globally (6.51%). The malware stats are based on ESET’s cloud-based malware collection system. Another oldtimer Win32/conficker ranked as the most wide-spread malware for the last year reaching a global infection rate of 3.88% (3.12% in Europe). Win32/Sality remained in the third spot second month in a row globally (2.03%). Third place in Europe went to HTML/IFrame.B.Gen (3.05%).
INF/Autorun is a label that describes a variety of malware exploiting the autorun.inf file as a way to compromise a computer. This file contains information on programs meant to run automatically when removable media (often USB flash) are accessed by a Windows PC user. ESET security software heuristically identifies any type of malware that installs or modifies autorun.inf files.
The Win32/Conficker is a network worm originally propagated by exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows operating system. Depending on the variant, it may also spread via unsecured shared folders and by removable media, making use of the Autorun facility enabled by default in older Windows OS (though not in Windows 7). Win32/Sality is a polymorphic file infector which when executed, starts a service and creates/deletes registry keys related to security. What’s more, it triggers the start of malicious process at each reboot of the operating system.
Win32/Dorkbot is a newcomer in the top ten (1.47%) especially prevalent in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a worm that spreads via removable media. The worm contains a backdoor that allows it to be controlled remotely. The worm collects login user names and passwords when the unsuspecting user browses certain web sites. Then, it sends all the gathered information to a remote machine. New form of malware ranked in number ten is VBS/StartPage.NDS (0.97%) – It is a trojan that alters the home pages of certain web browsers.
Global Threats According to ESET ThreatSense.Net® (July 2011)
EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA (EMEA)
INF/Autorun is a mainstay in the top position in the European threat statistics, also ranking as the most widespread malware in several European, African and Middle-Eastern countries including Spain (4.09%), Ukraine (5.67%), Israel (5.95%), and South Africa (10.12%). European overall number two in the statistics - Win32/Conficker (3.12% ) was the top threat in Bulgaria (8.12%) and number two in Spain (3.11%).
European malware number three was HTML/Iframe.B., becoming number one in Russia with infection rate of 6.88%. HTML/ScrInject.B is especially wide-spread in Scandinavian countries, reaching number one in Norway (4.83%), Denmark (6.46%), Sweden (7.44%), and Finland (7.57%).
Threats in Europe According to ESET ThreatSense.Net® (July 2011)
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