Bob Rankin: Malware on the Rise

June 08, 2012 by in Bob Rankin

malware on the rise

By Bob Rankin

Malware developers have been working overtime, according to a recent McAfee Labs Threats Report. The security firm found over 8 million new species of malware in the first quarter of 2012, and the problem is by no means limited to desktop PC users. Mac OS X and smartphone users need to start paying attention to security threats, too.

Malware Increasing On All Platforms

The McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2012 indicates the number of malware threats is on the rise, after a lull in the last quarter of 2011. McAfee Labs uses a team of 350 researchers in 30 countries to monitor security threats, and their research shows that viruses, password stealing trojans, rootkits, botnets, spam attacks, and malicious web links are all growing in number. McAfee’s database of malware samples now numbers 83 million, and is projected to reach 100 million by year’s end.

And surprise… mobile and Mac malware is increasing faster than the PC and desktop varieties. “The same skills and techniques that were sharpened on the PC platform are increasingly being extended to other platforms, such as mobile and Mac; and as more homes and businesses use these platforms the attacks will spread, which is why all users, no matter their platforms, should take security and online safety precautions,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs.

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About Bob Rankin

Bob Rankin is a translator for the technology impaired -- a writer and computer programmer who enjoys exploring the Internet and explaining technology in plain English. His work has appeared in Computer World, NY Newsday, and other publications. Bob is also publisher of Internet TOURBUS, author of several computer books, and creator of the Lowfat Linux tutorial.

3 Responses to Bob Rankin: Malware on the Rise

  1. Bruce says:

    I just wonder why people develop Malware and Viruses. What do they hope to gain by just messing up peoples devices? It would make more sense to put the knowledge to use making faster and better programs.


  2. I have a windows 7 Enterprise software on my PC. I presume it is malware if it is not it is very annoying to recieve these particular types of email. IE: Penis enlargement free trial of etc… another is pharmacy products for the same type of – penis enlargement. I am recieving more quanties of thesetype of emails as the days go by.
    I run McAfee and a firewall on my PC. I have McAfee and AVG, antivirus & security PRO versions on my mobile.
    How can I stop this occuring all together?
    My mobile is a Samsung Galaxy SII. Samsung has recently done an upgrade to my phone via a software update through the mobile to a 4G version.
    I can trash these emails on my mobile but I still see them on my PC once I go to my PC emails.
    Any advise would be considered as a help from you and appreciated
    thank you Sandra


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