Malware Research — What’s New in May 2005?
Although research often is organized responsible for various dangerous sins — from being one-sided to being incorrect — there is nothing left to those who are anyhow linked with IT but to keep up with clean information. Since viruses are popular, nobody who operates or uses a PC can say that it is none of his company. So the public also has to keep an eye on the information about viruses.
On May 3 Webroot Application, an independently owned anti-spyware organization based in Boulder, Denver, launched an extensive evaluation on viruses, The Condition of Spyware Report, — an in-depth evaluation and research of the effect of viruses, viruses and other kinds of undesirable software on customers and businesses.
The outcomes of Spy Review research designed by ISP Earthlink and Webroot Application are still clean in the storage of IT protection professionals. The research survived for the whole last year; more than 4.6 thousand program tests were designed in 2004. What’s new in 2005?
“Industry professionals recommend that these sorts of applications [i.e. viruses in general] may live on up to 90 percent of all Internet-connected computers” that’s the quotation from the last seasons Spy Review research. The first one-fourth of 2005, unfortunately, verified these recommendations.
During Q1, 2005, 88% of tests designed with Webroot’s SpyAudit software discovered some way of the undesirable program (Trojan, program observe, biscuit or adware) on customers’ computer systems. The majority (87%) of company PCs also had undesirable applications or biscuits.
Excluding biscuits, which are not such a serious problem as key logger applications or Virus equine, more than 55% of company PCs included undesirable applications. There were a normal of 7.2 non-cookie attacks per PC.
System watches (key logger programs) were seen in 7% penny of customer and company PCs examined by Webroot’s software. In Q4 2004 there were 19%. Virus equine applications were discovered on 19% of customer PCs and 7% of company PCs, the same numbers as in Q4 2004.
This seasons Condition of Spyware Report information come from Webroot’s SpyAudit outcomes and from online investigation designed by Phileas, Webroot’s computerized viruses research program. Phileas has recognized 4,294 sites (with almost 90,000 pages) containing some way of viruses.
This evaluation for the first one-fourth of 2005 entirely verified the idea that had become as clear as day in 2004 — from being not much more than a pain for PC customers, viruses transformed into one of the major risks to details protection.
Online has become a part of everyday life and company, fast development of such kinds of cybercrime as identity fraud and phishing jeopardize the whole community. Some kinds of viruses, namely software capable of taking security passwords, SSNs and other useful details (keyloggers and keylogger-containing malware), certainly accomplish these criminal offenses.
The complete evaluation for Q1 2005 is available at http://www.webroot.com/stateofspyware (Registration is required) In the near future a new edition of Webroot’s Condition of Spyware Report will launch at the end of each one fourth. Keep an eye on the news!
Alexandra Gamanenko currently works at Raytown Organization, LLC — a separate software creating organization that provides various alternatives for details protection. Their R&D division designed a modern technology, which hinders the very procedures of details catching — keylogging, screenshots, etc. Anti-keylogging software from Raytown Organization, LLC doesn’t identify spy applications or information-stealing Trojan viruses one by one — they all simply can’t work.