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Eleonore Toolkit In Use For Large Scale Malware Attack

AVG UK And Ireland : 26 July, 2010  (Technical Article)
AVG Technologies provides details of malware infection discovered that has led to over a million computers being compromised
AVG Technologies has announced that AVG's Web security research team has discovered a network of 1.2 million malware-infected computers controlled by cybercriminals who were using the Eleonore exploit toolkit - a commercial attack software enabling cybercriminals to infect and monitor compromised PCs.

The two-month-long study by AVG Research researched 165 Eleonore toolkits in use by cybercriminals and concluded that those using the Eleonore exploit toolkit were experiencing a 10 percent success rate in infecting the more than 12 million users visiting their compromised web pages. All 165 domains experienced high volumes of traffic which the cybercriminals managed to compromise. The research was built using AVG LinkScanner product data, identifying URLs that the product blocked when it identified a threat.

"The accessibility and sophistication of easy-to-use cybercriminal toolkits proves that cyber gangs are raising the bar to monetize their criminal activities," said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, senior vice president, AVG Technologies. "That is why it's more important than ever for families, corporations and other computer users to protect their computers from being targeted by this kind of increasingly popular cyber attacks by using AVG anti-virus and web security tools like LinkScanner that AVG offers for free."

AVG's free award winning anti-virus software, in addition to its innovative LinkScanner product, protects users against the ever increasing online web-threats by dynamically scanning the web pages in real-time before users open them in their browser.
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