07 Apr 2011

Malware spikes during first quarter of 2011

The amount of malware cyber criminals sent during the first quarter of 2011 increased 26 percent from the same time in 2010, according to a recent report by a security company.

On average, 73,000 new threats were released every day. Trojans accounted for nearly 70 percent of all malware during this time frame, followed by viruses, worms, adware, backdoor and spyware attacks.

The report also highlights several high-profile cyber attacks, including Google’s Android Market falling prey to malicious applications for smartphone users. The company was forced to use a killswitch to remove the applications from the marketplace.

Facebook is currently the largest social networking site and remains a lucrative draw for cyber criminals seeking to trick users, the report stated.

“Additionally, some international events - like the civic rebellions sweeping across Northern Africa - have been largely reflected in the cyber-activism and security worlds,” said the report. “This first quarter has also seen cyber war and cyber-espionage in the spotlight, with China as the usual suspect in most cases.”

As technology continues to evolve, established governments continue to be susceptible to cyber attacks. According to a recent New York Times article, the internet is able to transform the balance of power between nations and citizens, particular with influence of younger hackers.