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Friday, October 03, 2008

Kaspersky Lab: Kaspersky Lab Reports Significant Increase Of In-The-Wild Threats In September 2008 S

Kaspersky Lab, a leading provider of security solutions that protect against viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, crimeware, rootkits, phishing, hacker attacks and spam, today revealed that 35,103 different malicious and potentially unwanted programs were detected on users’ computers by the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) during September 2008.  Kaspersky Lab first detected and added the rootkit to its anti-malware databases on 28th August 2008 and throughout September it actively spread across the Internet.

Gostev comments on other revelations from the top twenty, “A significant amount of the attacks on users’ computers stem from various script downloaders.  Such a Trojan downloader -Trojan-Downloader.WMA.Wimad.n - returned to the ranking in second place in September.  This multimedia file exploits a vulnerability in Windows Media Player to download various Trojans.

In Kaspersky Lab’s top twenty ranking of the most common malicious programs among all infected objects detectedon users’ computers the changes were minimal compared to August with only four new entries (3rd, 5th, 15th and 20th), however the majority of the programs have file-infection capabilities.

Net-Worm.Win32.Nimda,which unexpectedly claimed first place in August2008, has been replaced by Virus.Win32.Xorer.duat the top of the ranking.

Posted on 10/03