Malware Evolution: July - September 2005: sustained trends and new factors

21 Oct 2005
Virus News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions that protect against viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, hacker attacks and spam, presents its latest quarterly report on the evolution of malware and cyber threats between July - September 2005.

This most recent piece of analysis extends the topics discussed in the previous report: malicious code which targets instant messaging users, the continuing development of mobile malware and the cyber criminals who are increasing their use of social engineering to penetrate computers and networks.

The report's author, Aleks Gostev, who is a senior virus analyst at Kaspersky Lab, highlights the close connection between the writing and uses of malicious code, and the methods used to prevent malware from penetrating systems. Antivirus software for networking equipment such as Cisco routers is playing an growing role in ensuring information security, but this could lead to the computer underground shifting their focus to attack such devices.

“Such an attack on networking equipment could cause far more serious consequences than a single worm which only affects computers running Windows”, the report states. “If such an attack were to take place, all network users might be left without the Internet, regardless of what sort of operating system they were using.”

You can read the full version of the report here.