04 Aug '11, 11am

New malware detected every half-second: Experts

Singapore - As high profile hacking attacks against governments and corporations hog headlines, many security issues such as fake anti-virus, search engine poisoning and social networking scams have escaped under the radar. According to IT security and data protection firm Sophos, new unique malware threat can be seen almost every half second. Since the start of this year, Sophos has identified an average of 150,000 malware samples every day. That breaks down to a unique malware file created every half-second, an alarming 60 per cent increase from last year. Additionally, 19,000 malicious website addresses have been found daily, with 80 per cent of those sites being legitimate ones that had been hacked or compromised. Documented in the Sophos Security Threat Report Mid-Year 2011, new threats include search engine poisoning, also known as Black Hat SEO, where cybercriminals...

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