Conficker Is The Most Widespread

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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)


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%).

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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.