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Malware statistics for March 2008

McAfee : 04 April, 2008  (Technical Article)
Phishing and virus threats for march analysed in McAfee's monthly malware statistics report.
Top 10 Phish Scams:.

1 Important Instructions: New Digital Certificate Issued
2 Citizen GPS Manager Significant information for our clients.
3 eBay New Message Received from Seller for Item
4 Notification of Limited Account Access
5 security issues.
6 securing customer data!
7 please confirm your data
8 official information for CitiBusiness client.
9 important account notice!
10 You have 1 new Security Message!

Top Brands Targeted By Phishing Scams:.

CitiBank - 62%
NatWest - 33%
Bank of America - 2%
eBay - 1%
Chase - 1%
Poste - 1%

Most Prevalent Viruses (European PCs scanned by McAfee) - March 2008:.

This is a monthly tracker of the leading threats that are infecting computers across Europe and each threat has been detailed below:.

Name of Threat: VBS/Psyme.
Type of Threat: Trojan.
Threat aimed at: A new variant of VBS/Psyme has been observed which is part of a threat that attempts to spread on the premise that it offers a codec to see a video of the suicide attack that killed Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. For more information on this threat, please see the Avert Blog. Recently, this threat was proactively detected on a major Korean website. The exploit was hidden in an legitimate webpage believed to have been subjected to unauthorised modifications. Similar incidents had been reported before, on other relatively less known websites. This threat causes unpatched Internet Explorer clients to download and execute further malware.
No of PC's scanned: 944,857.
PC's Infected: 6.35%.

Name of Threat: Adware-ZangoSA.
Type of Threat: Program.
Threat aimed at: McAfee AVERT recognizes that this may have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized administrator has knowingly installed this application. If you agreed to a license agreement for this, or another bundled application, you may have legal obligations with regard to removing this software, or using the host application without this software. Please contact the software vendor for further information. See for a list of Program detections added to the DATs.
No of PC's scanned: 944,857.
PC's Infected: 5.17%.

Name of Threat: Expolit-ByteVerify.
Type of Threat: Trojan.
Threat aimed at: This detection covers Java applets that attempt to exploit the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-011 vulnerability. The severity of this vulnerability is considered to be critical. It allows an attacker to execute malicious code, simply by visiting an infectious website. Detections of this exploit do not necessarily mean that any malicious code was executed. It simply means that a Java applet was found to contain the exploit code. Conversely malicious code may have been run, which could result in any number of modifications to the system.
All vulnerable systems should apply the patch from Microsoft. Patched systems are immune from the effects of the exploit code. However, detection will still occur on files attempting to make use of this exploit.
There are no obvious signs of infection. AVERT has received field samples that use this exploit to create a registry script file, and merge it into the system registry. This script simply altered the default start page of Internet Explorer.
No of PC's scanned: 944,857.
PC's Infected: 4.87%.

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