BitDefender Labs latest report on malware and virus says Smartphones and other intelligent high-end devices with permanent Internet access will be targeted by new generations of mobile malware.
Other applications targeted will include Web 2.0 applications, such as social websites Facebook and MySpace, will increase; an increase in password-stealing applications is expected; while some current malware is expected to upgrade in in terms of stealth and automation of spreading mechanisms.
In 2008, more than 80 percent of malware consisted of Trojans, according to the E-Threats Landscape Report, a security threat study published by BitDefender Labs. It was found that internet users had to cope with approximately 2,000 new and mutated viruses per day, nearly 50,000 phishing attempts per month and more than 1,000,000 hijacked computers that spread bots, rootkits, Trojans and other malware.
Highlights of the report showed that:
- Web-based e-threats level increased 460 percent
- 75 percent of Trojans included complex updating mechanisms, stealth data download and upload features, as well as spyware and rootkit capabilities
- The most commonly used headlines to spread e-threats included the alleged U.S. invasion of Iran, the 29th Olympic Games and the U.S. Presidential Election
- Plain text comprised 80 percent of e-mail spam, while image spam dropped to only 1.5 percent
- The number of spam e-mails containing infected attachments or linking pages to prompt users to download malicious programs increased 400 percent
- France, China, United States, Germany and Spain were the countries most affected by e-threats
- Nearly 70 percent of phishing attempts was related to the global financial crisis
- New spam techniques mimicking newsletters and alerts from news corporations such as CNN, CBS and ABC were introduced
- Spammers focused their attention on read-receipt messages to increase spam efficiency.