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29 Feb   Virus News

The menace on your mobile – six times as much malware found in 2011

Kaspersky Lab data shows that the number of malicious programs targeting mobile devices increased 6.4 times in 2011 with a total of 5,255 new modifications and 178 new families identified throughout the year

22 Feb   Virus News

Number of the week: 57% hike in the power of DDoS attacks

DDoS attacks are getting more powerful – with figures suggesting that the average attack was 57% stronger in the second half of 2011

13 Feb   Virus News

Quote of the Week: St. Valentine’s Day Threat

Maria Namestnikova, Senior Spam Analyst, Kaspersky Lab“St. Valentine’s Day. Year in, year out it is becoming more and more of a reason for spammers to get to work. Users start receiving spam mail-outs offering presents for the romantic occasion in January - since spammers want a whole six weeks to reap the benefits of this yearly occasion.So what would you do if you were a spammer at this time of year? You’d look for a way to attract the attention of users, for example using in the subject line and in the body of the text of a mail-out message “attractive” words that prompt users to open a message. The newest of such “attractors” in the spammer world has become the word “coupon”. This is often simply substituted for the word “discounts”, attracting attention to goods or services. But there is another way to promote goods and services via “coupon spam”: companies put their offerings on a coupon service and then via spam advertise them to try and reach a bigger audience. As I see it, it’s not very effective, since usually the level of trust in firms which advertise via spam is very low. Plus, users’ annoyance normally only

02 Feb   Virus News

Number of the week: 780 new malicious programs designed to steal users’ online banking data detected every day

According to Kaspersky Security Network data, over the last three months Trojan bankers have been detected on an average of 2000 unique users’ computers every day

01 Feb   Comparative Tests, Virus News

When it comes to protecting your computer, independent testing shows you get what you pay for

A special study by AV-Test.org looked into the burgeoning market in free antivirus solutions – and confirmed that while these packages can do some things, their limitations are quickly exposed in the face of modern threats

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