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Malware Report For September from GFI Software

GFI Software : 14 October, 2011  (Technical Article)
Cyber criminals continue to swiftly target high profile events warns GFI Software during Cyber Security Awareness Month
Malware Report For September from GFI Software
GFI Software has announced the top 10 most prevalent threat detections for September 2011. Notable threats last month included a fraudulent online storefront promising cheap HP Touchpads, poisoned search engine results targeting users searching on Yahoo and Bing, and spam promising a US green card.

“Last month, cybercriminals and scammers once again demonstrated their ability to quickly respond to high-profile events and exploit our online search behaviour,” said Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher at GFI Software. “As convincing as some of these threats appear, in many cases users can avoid falling victim by simply typing web addresses into their browsers themselves to ensure they were visiting official websites, instead of relying solely on search engine results or links found on social networks. At official websites, users can verify the veracity of claims and special offers, and download software directly from a legitimate source.”

For example, HP Touchpads were in high demand last month as retailers slashed prices in order to reduce inventories of the discontinued and unsupported tablet computer. Scammers attempted to capitalise on this demand by preying upon those searching for online sales. Users were lured to sites mimicking popular online technology retailers who boasted having limited supplies available. Upon checkout, users were asked to complete a quick online survey, which they did in hopes of obtaining an inexpensive Touchpad. Surveys of this kind are generally used to procure personal information and email addresses that will expose users to future spam and other online threats. Meanwhile, the Yahoo and Bing search engines were also targeted by scams in which users trying to download Firefox, Skype, Adobe or other popular software products were met with links that sent them to malware-laden websites.

Stay Safe Online

The White House has declared October to be National Cyber Security Awareness Month. GFI urges all users to be vigilant and educate themselves about online dangers by visiting www.staysafeonline.org. Additionally, GFI tracks and reports on numerous threats at its GFI Labs and Malware Protection Centre blogs, and it offers users security and online safety advice through its VIPRE Security News newsletter and blog.

This month, GFI warns users to be on guard for Halloween-related scams, including spam, email attachments and video links on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, even those links that appear to be sent by friends and followers. As interest continues to build over the 2012 primary election cycle, GFI also recommends users be extra aware when contacted online for political donations or when searching the web for candidate information at home and at work.

GFI Software, which last week unveiled the newest version of GFI VIPRE® Antivirus Business, warns SMBs that a robust antivirus solution is paramount in protecting their businesses and employees from online threats. With scams growing in sophistication and frequency, consumers and business users alike must be aware of how they are using the Internet and the dangerous practices that can open them up to attacks. Consumers can learn more about GFI’s home antivirus software at www.vipreantivirus.com.

Top 10 Threat Detections for September

GFI’s top 10 threat detection list is compiled from collected scan data of tens of thousands of GFI VIPRE Antivirus customers who are part of GFI’s ThreatNet™ automated threat tracking system. ThreatNet statistics revealed that Trojans still dominated the month. The Sality virus (Virus.Win32.Salilty) is on the list, and Conficker (worm.win32.downad) a worm that is more than two years old, is still seen making the rounds. 
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