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McAfee: We’ve hit 65 million Malware samples in Q2 2011

by Steve Ragan - Aug 23 2011, 13:00

McAfee’s Threats Report for Q2 2011, released on Tuesday, says that Android devices are becoming popular targets for Malware developers, and that their internal Malware Zoo is reaching epic proportions.

McAfee said that their research and detection labs seen nearly 12 million Malware samples in Q1 this year. However, while that represented a 22-percent jump from the same time last year, Q2 is looking worse. According to the security firm, this has been the busiest first half-year in malware history.

“With the addition of Q2’s numbers, the grand total of total malware samples in McAfee’s database has reached approximately 65 million, and McAfee researchers estimate that this “Malware Zoo” will reach at least 75 million samples by the year’s end,” the company said in a brief.

While pointing out that Apple now has become more a target for malware authors, given the first-ever appearance of Rogue anti-Virus for OS X, McAfee said that they expect Rogue anti-Virus development to actually decline overtime. Given the easy money in the operation, that’s not a statistic easily calculated, as criminals will use what works, as long as it works.

Sticking with unique targets, McAfee reported that Android surpassed Symbian OS for mobile Malware in Q2, but is still behind compared to the other mobile platforms.

“While Symbian OS and Java ME remain the most targeted to date, the rapid rise in Android malware in Q2 indicates that the platform could become an increasing target for cybercriminals – affecting everything from calendar apps, to comedy apps to SMS messages to a fake Angry Birds updates,” McAfee noted.

As always, no quarterly security report is complete without mentioning LulzSec and Anonymous, who McAfee dubbed “some of the most prominent cyber news generators for Q2.”

The report details hacktivist-based incidents, with at least 20 global attacks reported in Q2 alone. The report also outlines what McAfee calls “acts of cyberwar,” recapping attacks on Oak Ridge National Laboratory and South Korea’s National Agricultural Cooperative Federation.

The full report is here.

 

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